RELEASE: ARTS OF INDIA; South Kensington, 10 June 2013

South Kensington, London The Spring auctions of Indian Art at Christie’s London in June will commence with The Garden of Epics –Indian Court Paintings from a Distinguished Collection and Arts of India on Monday 10 June 2013. A curated selection of forty-five paintings from a private collection, The Garden of Epics will feature rare and important examples of Pahari paintings, together with Rajput and Mughal works. Highlights of the sale include an illustration from a celebrated series by Purkhu (estimate: £25,000 – 35,000, illustrated above left), and an illustration from a dispersed Nakiya series: Abhisarika Nayika (estimate: £20,000 – 30,000).

The new Arts of India sale includes a large selection of fine classical paintings, from 17th century Mughal portraits to Rajput, Pahari and Company school paintings. It will also feature 19th century jewellery, with a large selection of gemset and enamelled necklaces, bracelets and pendants, and a wide variety of cabinets and pieces of furniture, from 16th century Indo-Portuguese boxes to Coromandel settees and 19th century Anglo-Indian chests.  Courtly objects, but also Arms and armour and fine ivory carvings will illustrate the breadth and wealth of Indian art, spanning centuries of the sub-continent’s history. Highlights include a rare and complete album (muraqqa) of Mughal paintings (estimate: £40,000 – 60,000, detail illustrated above right), and a carved grey schist figure of a seated Buddha which dates to 2nd-3rd century AD (estimate: £12,000 – 18,000).

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