New York, 19 June 2019

Feast your eyes on an unparalleled collection of Mughal jewels, European-Indian hybrid designs and 20th-Century creations by leading Jewellery houses. Spanning over 500 years of history and sovereign power on the subcontinent, Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence tells the story of a continuous tradition of patronage from the Mughal Empire to present day, with provenance including the royal and noble families of India. This comprehensive trove of nearly 400 diamonds, coloured stones and the finest jewelled objects, swords and daggers will be offered in a landmark auction this June in New York.

These objects are offered from The Al Thani Collection. From next year, works of art from this encyclopedic collection will be shown at a new museum space in Paris. In addition to new acquisitions, sale proceeds will support ongoing initiatives of The Al Thani Collection Foundation which extend from exhibitions, publications and lectures to sponsorships of projects at museums around the world.

We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming global tour in April and May.

Diamond, Ruby and Emerald Parrot, Hyderabad, circa 1775-1825


Special feature

  • Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence — A once-in-a-lifetime collection

    Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery, introduces some of the many treasures from a collection of Royal jewels and jewelled objects that’s set to make auction history in New York this June

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Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence — A once-in-a-lifetime collection


Auction highlights

  • Imperial Spinel Necklace

    North India, Spinels dated 1607–8, 1754–5
    Persian inscriptions of Mughal Rulers’ names and dates of reign
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  • Pen Case and Inkwell

    (devat-e dowlat)
    Deccan or North India, late 16th century
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  • Diamond Turban Ornament

    India, 1907; remodeled c. 1935
    Total weight of diamonds approximately 152.60 carats
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  • The Mirror of Paradise

    D Colour, Internally Flawless,
    52.58 carats
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  • Belle Époque Devant-de-corsage

    Cartier, Paris, 1912
    The largest diamonds of
    34.08, 23.55, 6.51 and 3.54 carats
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  • The Arcot II

    D Colour, Internally Flawless, 17.21 carats
    One of two diamonds presented to Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III by Muhammad Ali Wallajah, Nawab of Arcot
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  • The Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace

    From the collection of the Nizams of India, c. 1850

  • Jade and Ruby Cup

    Northern India, c. circa 1660–1680
    Inscribed in Chinese with a poem written by Emperor Qianlong between 1756–1794

Tour information

Location
Hong Kong Convention
& Exhibition Centre
No. 1 Harbour Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong

Viewing
24 May, 10:30am – 8pm
25 May, 10:30am – 6:30pm
26 May, 10:30am – 6:30pm
27 May, 10:30am – 6:30pm

Sale information

Auction
New York, Rockefeller Center
19 June, 2019

Session I 10:00am (Lots 1-149)
Session II 2:30pm (Lots 150-388)


Viewing
New York, Rockefeller Center
14 June, 11am – 4pm
15 June, 11am – 4pm
16 June, 11am – 4pm
17 June, 11am – 4pm
18 June, 11am – 4pm

The Mirror of Paradise, D Colour, Internally Flawless, 52.58 carats


Contacts

Catalogues

A Collector's Keepsake: Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence

Catalogues published to accompany the Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence sale are now available to purchase online, along with limited-edition tote bags. The items illustrate the sumptuous nearly-400 lot trove of diamonds, coloured stones and the finest jeweled objects, swords and daggers, many of which are from the royal and noble families of India. Featuring both lavish full-page images and detailed essays, the catalogue provides an immersive experience of the stories behind this extraordinary collection.

Upcoming event

Exclusive Christie’s Education Course: Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence

Join Christie’s Education for an inside look at the spectacular sale of some of the world’s finest Indian jewelry, jeweled objects and historic gemstones. The course will be presented by jewelry historian Vanessa Cron and David Warren, Senior International Jewelry Director, Christie’s.


  • Date: 17 June, 2019
    Time: 9am - 1pm
    Fee: $350