26 mai 2020

A bust-length portrait of the Emperor Jahangir, signed by Daulat, Mughal, dated 1627

Lot 26. A bust-length portrait of the Emperor Jahangir, signed by Daulat, Mughal, dated 1627; 7.5 by 5.7cm. Estimate 30,000 — 40,000 GBP. Lot sold 60,000 GBP. Photo Sotheby's gouache heightened with gold on paper, ruled in red, blue and white, inscribed, signed and dated in nasta’liq script 'amal-i kamtarin bandah-i dargah Daulat’ ('the work of the most insignificant servant of the court, Daulat'), [regnal] 'year 22', in a khatamkari frame.  Provenance:... [Lire la suite]

26 mai 2020

A Mughal carved ivory powder flask with fish, 17th century

Lot 134. A Mughal carved ivory powder flask with fish, 17th century; 23cm. Estimate 4,000 — 6,000 GBP. Lot sold 12,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's composed of two sections pinned together, carved with a composite design of fantastical and aquatic creatures, both in profile and in the round, some with their upper bodies emerging from the open jaws of their predators. Provenance: Acquired pre-1969. Note: Ivory powder flasks carved with composite beasts were popular during the... [Lire la suite]
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26 mai 2020

A Mughal ivory-inlaid wood fall-front cabinet, Gujarat or Sindh, circa 1625-50

Lot 131. A Mughal ivory-inlaid wood fall-front cabinet, Gujarat or Sindh, circa 1625-50; 35 by 53 by 38 cm. Estimate 10,000 — 15,000 GBP. Lot sold 27,500 GBP. Photo Sotheby's hardwood veneered with rosewood and inlaid with ivory, the hinged flap opening to reveal an arrangement of ten drawers inlaid with confronting birds and rams between trees, the interior of the flap featuring falconers on horseback and standing between three foliate trees with birds, dyed orange and... [Lire la suite]
18 avril 2020

The “rebellious spirit” of Tantra to be explored for the first time at the British Museum

Chakrasamvara, Eastern India, 1100s. © The Trustees of the British Museum LONDON - Dr Imma Ramos, curator of Tantra: enlightenment to revolution, said: “This major exhibition will capture the rebellious spirit of Tantra, with its potential to disrupt prevailing social, cultural and political establishments. Tantra is usually equated with sex in the West, but it should be understood as part of a broader philosophy of transgression. We will demonstrate Tantra’s enduring potential for opening up new ways of seeing... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2020

A highly important Mughal white jade shell-formed cup, 17th century, inscribed with a Qianlong imperial poem dated to 1774

Lot 1593. A highly important Mughal white jade shell-formed cup, 17th century, inscribed with a Qianlong imperial poem dated to 1774; 7¾ in. (19.5 cm.) wide. Estimate on request. Price realised HKD 19,000,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2008. Magnificently carved in the form of a delicate shell, the thin lobed walls carved to the exterior in high relief with a large central gardenia flower, its delicately folding petals forming the shallow foot set before eight radiating serrated acanthus leaves... [Lire la suite]
29 décembre 2019

A Portrait of a man in Ottoman dress holding a book, Mughal, India, 1610

Lot 44. A Portrait of a man in Ottoman dress holding a book, Mughal, India, 1610,opaque watercolour heightened with gold on paper, inscribed on the attached sheet on the reverse with notes in Persian and Mughal seal impressions from the Shah Jahan and 'Alamgir periods, together with notes added in devanagari when this painting entered the Mewar Royal Library, accompanied by the Mewar library stamp and the Mewar royal inventory number 20/220. Painting: 10.3 by 9.4cm. Leaf: 15.5 by... [Lire la suite]
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26 octobre 2019

A Mughal jewelled jade and silver inlaid jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), India, 18th century

Lot 252. A Mughal jewelled jade and silver inlaid jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), India, 18th century; 40cm. length. Estimate: 14,000 - 18,000 GBP. Lot sold 17,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the light jade hilt carved and set with dark jade in a floral design with silver-inlaid stems and outlines, the double-edged watered steel tapering blade with central double-ridge, gold inscription and foliate designs at the forte. Sotheby's. Arts of the Islamic World, London, 23 october 2019
26 octobre 2019

A large Mughal or Deccan carved jade bowl, India, circa 17th century

Lot 260. A large Mughal or Deccan carved jade bowl, India, circa 17th century; 7 by 17.7 by 13.8cm. Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 GBP. Lot sold 37,500 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's. the nephrite jade carved as a polylobed deep bowl on a detailed petalled base with chrysanthum flowerhead, two stylised acanthus leaves emerging at each end. Note: Jade bowls with a natural curving body such as this one are typical of Mughal jades of the seventeenth century. “The Mughal love of natural forms marked by... [Lire la suite]
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25 octobre 2019

Indian Jewellery sold at London, 23 october 2019

 Lot 235. A diamond-set and enamelled gold pendant with seed-pearl string necklace, North India, 19th century; pendant: 6.2 by 5.8cm. Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP. Lot sold 8,750 GBP. Photo: Sotheby's.  gold kundan settings with foil-backed diamonds, designed as a peacock in the centre on a blue enamel ground with openwork stylised foliate border, reverse with detailed polychrome enamelling featuring peacocks, later added hanging pendant with seed-pearls, mounted with a necklace... [Lire la suite]
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22 octobre 2019

A Mughal jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), North India, 17th-18th Century

Lot 184. A Mughal jade-hilted dagger (khanjar), North India, 17th-18th Century; 39 cm. long. Estimate: £ 3 000 - £ 4 000. Sold for £ 13,812 (€ 16,048). Courtesy Bonhams. the double-edged steel blade of curved form with two fullers and chiseled palmette motif near forte, the jade hilt with curved foliate quillons, a flowerhead between, the grip with foliate vine to outer edge curling around the pommel, the pommel with a large flowerhead. Provenance: James Baillie Fraser, 15th Laird of... [Lire la suite]