London/Mumbai – Christie’s announces that after a 10 year career, Dr Amin Jaffer will be leaving the company to take up the post of Chief Curator of The Al Thani Collection, an encyclopaedic holding of some 6,000 works of art. Amin Jaffer will continue to work closely with Christie’s as a consultant having joined the firm from the Victoria & Albert Museum where he had been a Curator and much published author for a period of 12 years.
At Christie’s Amin was a key member of the management team responsible for the first Christie’s auction in Mumbai in December 2013 and its ongoing successes. The first INDIA SALE doubled its pre-sale estimate and set a record for the most valuable work of modern art ever sold in India, $3.7 million for Vasudeo S. Gaitonde’s Untitled, painted in 1979, or the third India sale in 2015, which set the record for the highest total for any auction in India.
Prior to joining Christie’s Amin spent 12 years as a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London where he published innumerable books including Furniture from British India and Ceylon (V&A, 2001), Luxury Goods from India (V&A, 2002) and Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India (2006). He also co-curated Encounters: The Meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (2004) and Maharaja: the Splendour of India’s Royal Courts (2009-10) and co-edited the accompanying books. His latest exhibition project engagement is for From the great Mughals to the Mahajas: Treasures from the Al Thani Collection, which opens at the Grand Palais, Paris on 29 March 2017.
“We wish Amin very well in his future plans working with one of the most esteemed private collections and look forward to continuing our relationship with him in his capacity as a consultant for Christie’s. We would like to thank him for his 10 year contribution to the firm and particularly for all the work he has done to raise our profile in India and to promote Indian art across the globe.” said William Robinson, International Head of World Art Group.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani, with whom Amin will be working, first became interested in jewellery from India in 2009, when he viewed the Maharaja exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. He has since formed a very significant Indian Jewellery collection spanning from the 16th century to the present day. Amin has been working in a curatorial capacity with this selection of works, cataloguing, publishing and curating what has become the leading collection of its type worldwide.
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