21 octobre 2016

Ashmolean opens first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world

'Power and Protection' at Ashmolean Museum OXFORD.- Showcasing over a hundred spectacular objects from Morocco to China, Power and Protection is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world. Within Islamic societies, people of all backgrounds have engaged in fascinating and sometimes controversial practices such as the casting of horoscopes and the interpretation of omens. Power and Protection includes objects and works of art from the 12th to the 20th centuries which have been... [Lire la suite]

16 octobre 2016

A Makara Kanti, Tamil Nadu, India, circa 1900

Lot 259. A Makara Kanti, Tamil Nadu, India, circa 1900. Estimate 35,000 — 45,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. composed of linked stylised bird-form elements leading towards a central openwork plaque formed of stylised addorsed peacocks amidst floral elements, with a pendant comprising foliate tendrils around a central rosette, set with foil-backed rock crystals and gemstones, incised details to design of central pendant to reverse; 37.5cm. length Notes: This necklace derives its name from its resemblance to... [Lire la suite]
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14 octobre 2016

A Mughal gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), India, 17th-18th century

Lot 34. A Mughal gem-set jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), India, 17th-18th century. Estimate 15,000 — 25,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.  the jade hilt of pistol grip form with colourful stones set in gold kundan settings in swirling floral vine design, watered-steel double-edged slightly curved blade, on bespoke stand; 36cm. Sotheby's, The Khosrovani-Diba Collection, London, 19 Oct 2016, 10:30 AM
14 octobre 2016

A Mughal gem-set jade horse-head dagger (khanjar), India, 18th-19th century

Lot 33. A Mughal gem-set jade horse-head dagger (khanjar), India, 18th-19th century. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.  35cm.  The finely carved details on the horse's head demonstrate the naturalistic realism sought by Mughal craftsmen. Although dagger hilts were created in multiple animal forms, horses remained a particular favourite, and a number of examples are housed today in museum and private collections worldwide. The interest in the natural world was shared by many generations... [Lire la suite]
11 octobre 2016

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

Lot 254. A Mughal jade-hilted dagger (khanjar) with scabbard, India, 18th century. Estimate 12,000 — 18,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the jade hilt carved with five large mulberries at pommel, the external one with a diamond set in gold, carved throughout with floral palmettes, the knuckle-guard designed as a stem terminating in a lotus bud, double-edged watered-steel blade with central ridge and medallion with gold decoration and inscription, velvet-covered wood scabbard with matching... [Lire la suite]
11 octobre 2016

A Mughal inscribed gem-set jade belt buckle, India, 17th century

Lot 276. A Mughal inscribed gem-set jade belt buckle, India, 17th century. Estimate 15,000 — 20,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the light green nephrite jade carved in circular form with central band, set with four inscribed gemstones; 7.2cm. diam. Inscriptions: The nada 'ali quatrain (although missing the invocation to 'Ali (O 'Ali !) A light nephrite jade belt buckle of similar, but more ovoid form, inlaid with gem-set floral stems, attributed to the Deccan or... [Lire la suite]

11 octobre 2016

A Mughal horse head-hilted jade dagger, India, 18th century

Lot 253. A Mughal horse head-hilted jade dagger, India, 18th century. Estimate 18,000 — 25,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the pale-green jade pommel with areas of darker inclusions, carved in the form of a horse's head with mane flowing to one side, flowerhead and leaf motifs near edge, the slightly curved, double-edged steel blade with central ridge and gold overlaid motifs at forte ; 45cm.   Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 19 Oct 2016, 11:30 AM
11 octobre 2016

A large gem-set carved jade pandan, India, 19th century

Lot 256. A large gem-set carved jade pandan, India, 19th century. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. of octagonal form with slightly domed lid, carved with eight faceted sides and raised chevron borders, flowerhead to centre, decorated in the kundan technique with diamonds and rubies, underside with carved stylised flowerhead, in custom velvet-lined box; 6cm. height.14cm. max. diam. Notes: This pandan box was designed for the chewing of pan, which involves the mixing of... [Lire la suite]
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11 octobre 2016

A large Mughal diamond and emerald-set jade hilt, India, 18th-19th century

Lot 257. A large Mughal diamond and emerald-set jade hilt, India, 18th-19th century. Estimate 40,000 — 60,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's. the pale green jade of pistol-grip form with rounded pommel and scroll quillons, decorated with flowering stems of inlaid gold set with emeralds and facet-cut diamonds, featuring a carved emerald crest; 14.5cm. height. Notes: Mughal princes, nobles and high officials were honoured regularly by the Emperor with daggers, knives and swords, which were worn... [Lire la suite]
15 septembre 2016

State Cap, India, 19th century

State Cap, India, 19th century. Gold wire embroidery, feathers, rubies, pearls and emeralds.  This state cap is reputed to have belonged to the last Muslim King of Delhi, Bahadur Shah Zafar II (1775-1862) who was a descendent of the Mughal Dynasty. King Zafar succeeded to the throne of Delhi in 1837 but was imprisoned in 1858 by the British after the 1857 revolution.