A life-size portrait of Jehangir. Image courtesy: Bonhams
Collectors of art and high-end jewellery have a lot to look forward to in April. Three auction houses are holding sales of some important - and awesome - jewels and painting works by prominent Indian artists.
Emperor Jehangir at Bonhams
First up is the Bomham's auction in London. The India and Islamic Art auction, to be held on April 5, includes a rare painting of Jehangir, who ruled India from 1605-1627. According to Alice Bailey, head of Indian and Islamic Art at Bonham's, the portrait is of notable important because "it's the only known life-size portrait of a Mughal emperor. Normally, such portraits are painted in miniature, but this one is two metres high. The extraordinary detail and complexity of the painting both fascinate and bewitch the viewer."
The portrait is expected to sell for approx Rs 7.1 crore (£1 million). Bailey adds that an 18th century Mughal emerald bracelet with an inscription, owned by a general in the British Indian army, is also on sale for Rs 28 lakh - Rs 42 lakh (£40,000 - £60,000). "Our Indian and Islamic art auctions do generate a lot of interest from big collectors. Institutions like New York's Metropolitan Museum and London's Victoria & Albert have also been interested in our collections," she adds.
Bids can be placed on Bonhams.com.
Fine Jewellery at Saffronart
Indian auction house Saffronart's Spring Online Jewellery Auction will be held on April 6 and 7, and includes an intricately designed South Indian ruby and diamond jada nagam or braid ornament as well as a pair of polki diamond and enamel kadas. Other lots include a vintage 18k yellow gold and enamel ladies' pocket watch by Tiffany's and a Cartier desk clock.
While the jada nagam is expected to fetch about Rs 25,00,000 - Rs 27,00,000 the kadas are estimated to go for Rs 9, 24, 000 - Rs 18, 04, 000.
20th Century Indian Artists' Sale at Pundole's
MF Husain's Portrait of Two Sisters
Mumbai-based art gallery Pundole's has put together a sale of the works of some of India's top 20th century artists. These painting have been selected from the NCPA's art fantastic collection, which includes famous paintings from Jamshed Bhabha's estate.
Works of 13 important painters, including Jamini Roy, MF Husain, KK Hebbar, NS Bendre, VS Gaitonde, B Prabha, SH Raza, Krishen Khanna and S Roerich, will be sold at the auction.
The preview will be held at NCPA on April and April 18-20. The auction, also at NCPA, will begin at 8pm on April 20, 2011.
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