Sotheby’s plans to auction rare collections

The largest broker of art will launch India Week in London
Hyderabad: Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest brokers of art, jewellery, and collectibles, will launch ‘India Week’ this year in London featuring three sales modern and contemporary South Asian art, arts of the Islamic world and the art of imperial India, covering a wide period from circa 1500 to contemporary times. According to a statement issued by the auctioning house, modern and contemporary South Asian art will include the sale of fresh-to-the-market works that have never been offered at auction before.
The auction includes paintings by notable modern masters including Maqbool Fida Husain, Sayed Haider Raza, Francis Newton Souza and Akbar Padamsee to name a few. Stellar contemporary art by leading Indian and Pakistani artists will also be available, including works by Rashid Rana, Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher. Manuscripts, paintings and works of art created under Islamic patronage over eleven centuries will come under the arts of the Islamic world.
The highlights among this sector are an extremely well-preserved leaf from a 16th-century copy of Sa’di’s Gulistan, attributed to the famed courtly artist Mahmud Muzahhib.“This rare discovery was formerly in the collection of the Dukes of Northumberland at Alnwick castle and has never before been offered at auction. Also coming from the same collection is the unparalled Arabic-English Lexicon of Edward William Lane, the famed 19th-century orientalist and egyptologist,” said the auctioning house, which is going to announce the India Week event on September 3.
The section of art of Imperial India will consist of the sale of fine paintings, jewellery, photographs and works of art from the Mughal and Rajput courts as well as the period of the British Raj.
This includes the sale of ‘Photographs of Imperial India: the Sven Gahlin Collection’, a magnificent group of 31 albums containing over 2,000 photographs of India, Ceylon, Burma and Southeast Asia, dating from the 1850s to the early 20th century. Notable provenances include albums from the Curzon family, the Prinsep family, and 6th Baron Suffield, who was aide-de-camp to three Viceroys of India.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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