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]

16 mars 2020

Explore the arts of the Islamic world & Asia with over 300 lots on view at Sotheby's London

LONDON.- The sale will offer thirty-five beautiful pieces from the collection of the late H. Peter Stern, an avid traveller who co-founded the Storm King Art Center – the world’s most important modern sculpture garden – and served as Vice Chair of the World Monuments Fund. His pursuit of a ‘global idyll’ is reflected in his collection, with Ottoman mounted panels of silk and velvet brocade and Mughal velvet tent hangings, adorned with floral motifs, sitting alongside delicate architectural Company School watercolours. Stern... [Lire la suite]
15 mars 2020

A gem-set and enamelled necklace, North India, late 19th-early 20th century

Lot 85. A gem-set and enamelled necklace, North India, late 19th-early 20th century; 8 ¼in. (21cm.) long; 1 3/8in. (3.5cm.) wide. Estimate GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000 (USD 12,560 - USD 18,840). © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.  Set with foiled flat-cut diamonds in an open floral framework, the centre with a hexagonal carved foiled emerald, a fringe of drop-shaped diamond-set elements suspended below, the reverse profusely enamelled with elegant polychrome floral decoration.  ... [Lire la suite]
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]
22 octobre 2019

A silver-thread embroidered glass-bead-mounted velvet-clad leather quiver, North India, early 19th Century

Lot 189. A silver-thread embroidered glass-bead-mounted velvet-clad leather quiver, North India, early 19th Century; 65 cm. long. Estimate: £ 6 000 - £ 8 000. Sold for Sold for £ 16,312 (€ 18,953). Courtesy Bonhams. of tapering form, the leather body clad entirely in yellow velvet embroidered to the front with gilt-silver thread and mounted with glass beads forming flowerheads within an undulating lattice, the velvet clad leather belt similarly decorated, two sets of four tassels to one side, containing nine arrows. ... [Lire la suite]
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22 octobre 2019

A fine Mughal jade-hilted push dagger (katar), North India, 18th-19th Century

Lot 172. A fine Mughal jade-hilted push dagger (katar), North India, 18th-19th Century; 38.5 cm. long. Estimate: 6 000 GBP - 8 000 GBP. Sold for £ 25,062 (€ 29,120). Courtesy Bonhams. with tapering double-edged blade of polished watered-steel, the hilt of carved celadon jade, with angled guard to the forte, the grip in the form of two baluster-shaped crossguards, the front, reverse and crossguards decorated with incised chevron design, the interior and outer edges of the hilt carved with stylised floral... [Lire la suite]
22 octobre 2019

A silver-thread embroidered velvet-clad leather quiver, North India, probably Lahore, early 19th Century

Lot 190. A silver-thread embroidered velvet-clad leather quiver, North India, probably Lahore, early 19th Century; 67 cm. long. Estimate: 6 000 GBP - 8 000 GBP. Sold for £ 27,562 (€ 32,025). Courtesy Bonhams. he quiver of tapering form, the leather body clad entirely in red velvet embroidered to the front with gilt-silver thread and sequins with a series of large rosettes, the lower end with a palmette surmounted by a trefoil motif, the border with a band of flowerheads, the velvet clad leather belt... [Lire la suite]
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22 octobre 2019

A Fine Mughal gem-set jade archer's ring, North India, 17th Century

Lot 171. A Fine Mughal gem-set jade archer's ring, North India, 17th Century; 4.9 cm. long. Estimate: 10 000 GBP - 15 000 GBP. Sold for £ 35,062 (€ 40,739). Courtesy Bonhams. of typical form, decorated in ruby, emerald and glass inlay in a gold kundan setting with a lotus blossom to the centre issuing an undulating vine with flowerheads, foliate motifs and trefoils, the lotus flanked by confronted perching birds, a gold band to lower and upper edges. Provenance: Private French collection. Note: Thumb... [Lire la suite]
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19 octobre 2019

A gem set and enamelled gold box, North India, circa 1675-1725

  Lot 98. A gem set and enamelled gold box, North India, circa 1675-1725; 2 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/8 in. (6 x 4.3 x 2.9 cm.). Estimate GBP 70,000 - GBP 100,000 (USD 89,950 - USD 128,500). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.  Set with diamonds, emeralds and rubies on turquoise blue enamelled ground, interior and underside enamelled with flowers. Literature: Jaffer 2013, p.93, no.8. Exhibited: Grand Palais, Paris 2017, p.168, no.127The Doge’s Palace, Venice 2017, p.188, no.125The Palace... [Lire la suite]