30 septembre 2018

A rare Mughal carved emerald, India, 17th-18th century

Lot 179. A rare Mughal carved Colombian emerald, India, 17th-18th century; 2.8 by 0.7cm. Est: £25,000 - £35,000. Courtesy Sotheby's. the front carved with three flowers emanating from a stem, the bevelled edge carved with a chevron design, reverse with a similar three foliate stem motif. Accompanied by Gemological Certification Services, London, numbered 78162-43, dated 14 June 2018, stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin, with indications of significant clarity enhancement. Cracks... [Lire la suite]
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10 septembre 2018

Exhibition at the Cincinnati Art Museum includes richly-illuminated folios from historic manuscripts

Folio Describing the Prophet Muhammad’s Epithets; Page from a dispersed Mathnawi (‘spiritual couplets’) of Mir Hasan, late 18th century, India (probably Hyderabad), ink, colors, and gold on paper, Cincinnati Art Museum; Gift of JoLynn M. and Byron W. Gustin, 2016.421a-b. CINCINNATI, OH.- Explore the craftsmanship, skill, beauty and function of calligraphy from the ninth to the twentieth centuries in the special exhibition Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World, on view at the Cincinnati Art MuseumSeptember 7,... [Lire la suite]
09 août 2018

An enamelled and gem-set Navratna necklace, India, late 18th century

Lot 300. An enamelled and gem-set Navratna necklace, India, late 18th century. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold  15,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby’s comprising linked elements of octagonal form supporting a floral rosette pendant, each set with gemstones of varying colours, including white sapphires, pink coral, emeralds, rubies and diamonds, the reverse decorated with flowering plants and floral rosettes in white, green and red enamel, cabouchon ruby drop pendant; 19cm. length ... [Lire la suite]
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23 avril 2018

A gem-set gold peacock pendant, probably Deccan, India, 18th-19th century

Lot 148. A gem-set gold peacock pendant, probably Deccan, India, 18th-19th century; 3 ½in. (9cm.) high. Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000 (USD 8,418 - USD 11,224). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 In the form of a ruby and emerald-set peacock, the border fitted with baroque pearls, the chain with stones alternating with pearls. Note: Peacocks are considered sacred in India. Often associated with the Indian goddess Lakshmi, the peacock is also the animal mount of Kartikeya, the Hindu god of war.... [Lire la suite]
23 avril 2018

A diamond and emerald-set enamelled armband (bazuband), India, 19th century

Lot 142. A diamond and emerald-set enamelled armband (bazuband), India, 19th century; 2 1/8 x 5 1/8in. (5.4 x 13.2cm.). Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000 (USD 21,045 - USD 28,060). © Christie's Images Ltd 2018 Of typical form, the central panel set with diamonds around a rectangular carved emerald, a fluted emerald bead suspended below, with hinged tapering foliate panels on either side similarly set with diamonds, the reverse enamelled with red and green floral motifs on cream ground. Note:... [Lire la suite]
20 avril 2018

A silver and gilt-metal openwork elephant-goad (ankus), India, Bikaner, circa 1800

Lot 162. A silver and gilt-metal openwork elephant-goad (ankus), India, Bikaner, circa 1800; 55.5cm. Estimate 5,000 — 7,000 GBP. Lot Sold 6,250 GBP (7,153 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's 2018. the openwork handle with silver overlay, containing round noise-making metal bells, two steel spikes, one curved and the other straight, densely decorated with gold-overlaid foliate designs. Note: A similar silvered iron ankus with an ivory handle is in Powis Castle, inv. no.POW/CLIVE/1/16; another... [Lire la suite]

20 avril 2018

A Mughal or Ottoman shagreen and gem-set hilted dagger and scabbard, India or Turkey, 18th/19th century

Lot 164. A Mughal or Ottoman shagreen and gem-set hilted dagger and scabbard, India or Turkey, 18th-19th century; 30cm. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018. the slightly curved watered-steel blade with openwork horizontal central ridge and gold decoration comprising palmettes and inscriptions to each side, the hilt covered in green-stained shagreen set with gilt mounts containing pink gemstones, scabbard with en-suite decoration and gem-set jade terminal, bespoke velvet case. ... [Lire la suite]
20 avril 2018

A Mughal jade-hilted dagger (khanjar) and scabbard, India, 18th century

Lot 163. A Mughal jade-hilted dagger (khanjar) and scabbard, India, 18th century; 39cm. Estimate 8,000 — 12,000 GBP. Courtesy Sotheby's 2018. the jade hilt with three buds at the pommel, carved throughout with leafy and foliate details, double-edged steel blade with central ridge, velvet-covered wood scabbard with metal terminal. Note: Comparable examples include jade hilts carved with buds or flourishing mulberries, a number of which were sold in these rooms: 9 April 2008, lot... [Lire la suite]
20 avril 2018

A fine rock crystal-hilted dagger and scabbard, India, Deccan, 17th century

Lot 161. A fine rock crystal-hilted dagger and scabbard, India, Deccan, 17th century; 44.2cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 GBP. Lot Sold 32,500 GBP (37,193 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's 2018. with a single-edged watered-steel blade, the forte finely decorated with koftgari trees and domed buildings, the rock-crystal hilt with a carved geometrical band along the top, the textile-covered wood scabbard with silver lock and chape of foliate form with bud terminal. Note: A very... [Lire la suite]
20 avril 2018

Indian Jewelry at Sotheby's London, 25 Apr 2018

Lot 155. A gem-set and enamelled necklace, earrings and ring, India, circa 19th century. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000. Unsold. Courtesy Sotheby’s 2018.   the gold necklace composed of rectangular beads each depicting a flower with a central diamond set in the kundan technique, red enamel petals against a green criss-cross design, the reverse enamelled with red and green floral blossoms on a white ground, with hanging gem-set and seed pearl beads, matching pendant earrings, together with a large... [Lire la suite]