28/09/2020 News Stories & Press Release, Islamic & Indian Art
LONDON: High quality paintings and artefacts from the Islamic and Indian worlds are set to take centre stage at Roseberys this October. Encompassing the varied artistic output from these rich cultures, the specialist sale on October 22 will incorporate a wide range of material for the discerning collector - from metalwork, pottery and manuscripts to glass, decorative arts and contemporary works of art. Several private collections will also feature including Indian items owned by the late Victor Lownes, the American-born businessman who worked within multiple sectors of the Playboy enterprise.
In addition, a private collection of Islamic manuscripts, miniatures and calligraphies spanning decades of collecting by one family will be offered predominately without reserve in a single-owner sale a day later on October 23.
Alice Bailey, Head of the Islamic and Indian Arts department, comments: We are delighted to present a large and varied auction of Antiquities, Islamic and Indian Art on October 22nd. We are very pleased to have several private collections including a group of works on paper by the celebrated Indian painter M.F. Husain gifted to a family the artist stayed with in London during the 1970s. A very unusual royal illustrated manuscript from Sachin, India is a rare example of artistic production which highlights the little explored history of Africans in India. Aside from a number of early qur’an folios, the auction also includes a strong section of manuscripts, qur’ans and calligraphies. A large Roman mosaic and rare early Jain paintings on cloth from the private collection of Victor Lownes (1928-2017).. There is also a large contemporary section of Middle Eastern, and in particular Iranian, Indian, Pakistani and Southasian artists.
Modern & Contemporary Art
Several private collections in the sale include a nine-lot group of works on paper by the celebrated Indian painter M.F. Husain (1915-2011). One of the most eminent and internationally recognised Indian artists of the 20th century, he is best known for his bold, vibrantly coloured narrative paintings in a modified Cubist style.
The group at Roseberys comes with impeccable provenance; gifted by the artist to a family he stayed with in London during the 1970s. A highlight is Nudes in Circle, a signed gouache, dated 1972, valued at £5000-7000. [Lot 396]
Also originating from India is a series of postcard-size ink and watercolour on paper by Laxma Goud (b.1940), the Hyderabad-based artist celebrated for the originality and quality of his etchings and aquatints, many with erotic themes. Acquired directly from the painter for a private European collection, the group date from the 1970s and carry hopes of £1,200-1,500. [Lot 408]
Further fine examples of contemporary art include a 2010 acrylic canvas by the Iranian painter Arash Nazari (b.1980). Much like the early photography of fellow Iranian Samira Alikhanzadeh, Nazari’s work takes stock of Iran’s rich history juxtaposing it with the country’s vivid present. He makes use of historical figures and traditional costumes, renewing the imagery with contemporary iconography and humorous features. This large work for sale is signed and estimated at £3,000-4,000. [Lot 254]
The Victor Lownes Collection
Among the stand-out private offerings is a selection of Indian Jain artefacts and a Roman marble mosaic owned by Victor Lownes, the late American-born businessman who worked alongside Hugh Hefner within multiple sectors of the Playboy enterprise. Lownes lived a lavish lifestyle and had a keen eye for art. Lownes furnished every property he had with a wide-range of interesting artworks. Incredibly erudite, Lownes knew what he liked, proved by some of the art and antiques he invested in over the years. This included artists as diverse as Francis Bacon and Egon Schiele, intermingling with more traditional artists such as Gainsborough and Constable, alongside his collection of Indian artworks on offer at Roseberys.
Included in the seven-lot group at £1,000-1,500 is an 18th century Jain cosmographical painting of Madhyaloka – one of the three worlds in the Jain universe. Made in western India, the gouache on cloth depicts the world in concentric regions divided by rivers inhabited with aquatic animals and Mount Meru, the sacred five-peaked mountain, at its centre. [Lot 329]
Ceramics including from a Private Italian Collection
A private collection of ceramics acquired in Italy in the 1980s will contain several desirable pieces including a large 17th century Kubachi-ware dish, decorated in yellow, green, red and brown with a swaying blossoming tree and flowers, estimated at £2,000-3,000.
There is also a large and unusual turquoise Bojnurd-ware moulded pottery flask from Iran, late 13th-14th century, which is thought to have been ornamental based on its shape. It carries more modest hopes of £500-700. [Lot 218][Lot 188]
A fine piece of Safavid pottery comes in the form of a 17th century blue and white vase in the Chinese style flying horse motifs, estimated at £600-800. The vase is very closely modelled on a Ming Chinese example of the Wanli period (1573-1619) while its engraved metal mount is typically Safavid. [Lot 219]
This unusual royal illustrated manuscript from Sachin, India is a rare example of artistic production highlighting the little explored history of Africans in India. This important manuscript, estimated at £8,000-12,000, is testimony to the royal manuscript and artistic production of the Sachin state, which was founded in 1791. Although most of the subjects were Hindu, the state was ruled by Sunni Muslims of the Siddi dynasty who were of Abyssinian origin. [Lot 343]
Among a number of early qur’an folios in the sale is this Kufic example dating to the 10th century and originating from the Near East or North Africa. It is estimated at £2,000-3,000. [Lot 33]
This attractive Khorasan bronze weight cast in the form of a reclining lion dates to the 12th century and is decorated with scrolls, kufic inscriptions and bird motifs. Acquired during the 1960s or 1970s in Iran, it has been in the UK since 1981 and is estimated at £1,500-2,000. [Lot 158]
Thursday 22nd October, 11.00 am
ROOM BIDDING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Contact the Islamic & Indian Arts Department for more information: email@example.com
(Viewing by appointment only)
We will be facilitating time slot appointments of one hour each
VIEWING AT THE CLUBHOUSE, ST JAMES’S
(SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION, PLEASE CONTACT DEPT TO CONFIRM)
Mon 19th Oct 11.00 - 16.00
VIEWING AT ROSEBERYS KNIGHT’S HILL SALEROOM
Tues 20th Oct 09.30 - 17.00 (last appointment 4pm)
Weds 21st Oct 09.30 - 17.00 (last appointment 4pm)
To make an appointment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop email@example.com +44 (0) 20 8761 2522
Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for 30 years.
With offices in London’s Mayfair and Lambeth Roseberys offer a calendar of more than twelve specialist fine art, antiques and collectibles auctions each year.
Specialist sales include a wide range of Asian and Islamic Arts, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design, Decorative Art, Fine Silver and Jewellery, Ceramics, Paintings, Prints, Photography, Antique Textiles, Vintage Fashion and Fine Wine and Whisky.
Roseberys team of world-renowned specialists also provide a wide range of art market services to professional clients, including valuations for insurance and probate.
Roseberys is a member of SOFAA – The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers.
Select your interests to receive news and catalogue updates.