Islamic & Indian Arts Featuring Modern & Contemporary Indian Art

7/04/2016     News Stories & Press Release, Islamic & Indian Art

Islamic & Indian Arts Featuring Modern & Contemporary Indian Art

Lot 98 A Gandhara grey schist sculpture
Estimate £800 – £1200
15 April 2016
Roseberys London are delighted to present a specially curated auction of Islamic & Indian arts covering a range of disciplines and objects including antiquities, silver & metal works, miniatures, pottery, religious relics, daggers and modern and contemporary art.
The specialist auction previews from Thursday 14 April at 9.30am and takes place on 15 April at 12 noon.
Highlights from the 295 lot auction include:
A large Kutahya pottery vase, 20th century by Azim Cini.
Decorated in the Iznik taste with stylised flower heads and leaves on a blue ground, is signed to the base ‘Azim Cini’. Made in Turkey this stunning example of Kutahya design is offered in faultless condition. [Lot 33] Estimate £800 -£1200
An impressive Indian carved coco de mer dated from the 19th century, with two lids, carved with bands of figures hunting deer amid trailing foliage, the main body of conforming decoration with God and Goddess figures in foliage is presented on a later stand.
Coco de mer (nuts) would wash up on the beaches of the Indian Ocean, on reaching the shore the coco de mer shells would immediately become the property of the sultan who would either sell them on for high prices of give them away as royal gifts. Regarded as a rare and special offerings because no one knew where they came from, they were often carved in beautiful storage containers or even perfume bottles, to be cherished forever. [Lot 87] Estimate £2000 – £4000
 
A Gandhara grey schist sculpture of a Bodhisattva, 2nd/3rd century, possibly of Maitreya, modelled standing in tribhanga, a rope of jewels around his neck, with bangles to his finely muscled arm, his body with gathered robes from his other shoulder forming over his chest and running down his legs, his feet in sandals, standing on a plinth, later mounted on a metal stand, the figure 51cm high. [Lot 98] £3000 – £5000
 
A Multan tile panel from Northern India dated late 15th century, painted with geometric stylised floral patterns in cobalt blue and turquoise glaze on white grounds, with incised crosses to centre exposing the earthenware base material below, formed of eight square tiles and other rectangular fragments.
Provenance: Very similar tiles of this pattern are found in the David Collection and the Keir Collection. [Lot 99] Estimate £3000 -£4000
 
A vibrant Indian miniature painting of two ladies being visited by a bull dated late 17th century, the painting is a gouache on paper and delicately heightened with gold and silver, an early example from a selection of Indian miniatures in the auction. [Lot 133]
Estimate £2500 – £3500
A highlight from a collection of 50 lots of Modern & Contemporary Indian Art in the auction includes,
Shyamal Dutta Ray, Indian b.1935- “Singer” is an oil on canvas, signed and dated ’92 by the artist.
Award winning artist Shyamal is regarded as a master watercolourist and credited with creating a turning point in the history of the Bengal School of Art by introducing depth, vibrancy and intense colour at a time when The Bengal School of art was more traditional and reserved in it use of colour and intensity.
His palette use and often melancholic imagery are a commentary on the contradictions of life around him.
Provenance: with Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Calcutta, according to the label attached to the reverse [Lot 283] Estimate £4000 – £6000
 


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For further information please contact Charlotte Meddings charlottemeddings@roseberys.co.uk  +44 (0) 20 8761 2522
 
Roseberys is a privately owned auction house operating at the heart of the fine art market for more than 25 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.
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