Indian Works of Art

Works from the Indian subcontinent include pieces from what is now India and Pakistan associated with the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other religions.

Collectable categories include items made during the colonial period when pieces were also made to appeal to Western taste; Indian watercolours (miniatures); jewellery decorated with enamels and set with rubies, emeralds and other gems; and hardstones, especially jade, carved into intricate handles for edged weapons or receptacles.


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Nepalese bronze sets house record for Matthew Barton

24 November 2016

West London auction firm Matthew Barton has set a house record with the sale of a Nepalese bronze after it was hammered down at £85,000.

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Indian bronze estimated at £100-200 brings record £114,000 at Special Auction Services

11 November 2016

A small Indian bronze brought to Special Auction Services (SAS) in a woman’s handbag set a new house record when it was knocked down for £114,000 yesterday.

Indian miniature from Roseberys sale

Taxi driver’s £40 car boot find turns out to be £75,000 Indian miniature

22 April 2016

A large Indian gouache on paper miniature was the unexpected highlight of a specialist Islamic & Indian Arts sale at Roseberys in London last week.

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An £800,000 toast for Gujarati tray

16 October 2015

The highlight of Bonhams’ latest sale of Islamic and Indian art in London was this rare Gujarati mother-of-pearl artwork of early date and exceptional size.

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Sale focus on family fortunes

06 June 2014

Was this the ring of the Tiger of Mysore, taken from his body when he was killed in battle?

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Somerset’s £43,000 cabinet of delights

28 April 2014

This 21in (54cm) wide ‘Indo-Portuguese’ ivory inlaid hardwood fall front cabinet sold for an extraordinary £43,000 at Lawrences of Crewkerne.

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Table leads furniture at Newbury sale

29 August 2012

Leading Dreweatts’ interiors sale in Donnington Priory, Newbury, on September 5 is this Indian or possibly Indo-Portuguese ebony, coromandel and ivory inset centre table.

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A box on the wing in Surrey

22 November 2010

THE unexpected highlight of a recent sale conducted by Surrey auctioneers Lawrences of Bletchingley was this Anglo-Indian rosewood and ivory inlaid butterfly form jewellery box entered for sale from a local private source.

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Indian pictures on the rise

06 May 2005

Sotheby's New York (20/12% Buyer's Premium) PRICES have steadily risen in recent years for paintings by India’s most established modern artists notably Maqbool Fida Husain (b.1915) and Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002).

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Clive of India flask remains in UK – law change suggested

22 December 2004

A LEADING figure in the world of heritage is calling for a change in the export licence rules – after the decision to keep a valuable work of art in the UK.

John Eskenazi and the BM’s Buddha…

28 April 2004

TOWARDS the end of March it was reported that The British Museum and the V&A had joined forces for the first time to acquire a rare Indian 7th century metal statue of a standing figure of the Buddha Sakyamuni, the first to enter a public European collection. After a tour of provincial museums it will be shown alternatively at the two institutions.

Anglo-Dutch battle across board for India won at £13,500

23 March 2004

IF the performance of the 52-lot clock section of Bristol Auction Rooms (15% buyer's premium) March 2 sale was anything to go by, this firm’s reputation for selling timepieces is gathering pace.

East 57th Street, the road to enlightenment

09 March 2004

AFTER opening his gallery in the autumn of 2002 in the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street – a hive of Asian activity in New York at this time of year – Carlton Rochell enjoyed a major success last March with his inaugural exhibition of works from the Wesley and Carolyn Halpert Collection.

The Raj recaptured

26 August 2003

A grant of £25,095 from the National Art Collections Fund has helped the British Library acquire an album of evocative memories of 19th-century Delhi – Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi.

Luxury Goods from India: The Art of the Indian Cabinet-Maker

11 December 2002

Luxury Goods from India: The Art of the Indian Cabinet-Maker, written by Amin Jaffer, published by V&A Publications. ISBN 1851773819 £30hb

Horse head with everything in its favour sees bidding gallop ahead

30 October 2002

The second-eleven sale that followed on from Christie’s main Islamic auction, was held in their South Kensington rooms on October 18, with 324 of its 417 lots changing hands, and saw the highest take-up of all the sales in this autumn’s series.

Castes and careers in watercolour

09 May 2002

As well as Christie’s main Islamic arts sale at King St, there was a larger 427 lot event covering the same general areas at middle-ranking level in their South Kensington (17.5/10% buyer’s premium) rooms on April 25.

Dallying deity pulls in the bids

17 April 2002

NEW YORK: They say that sex sells, but it would be wrong to assume this was the only attraction of this 18th century Indian illustration to the Gita Govinda, Krishna and Radha Make Love, 1775-1780, 101/8in by 61/8in (25.7cm x15.6cm).

Himalayan experts off to conquer the Big Apple with Buddha

22 March 2002

NOTED St. James’s Asian specialists Rossi and Rossi leave their Jermyn Street showrooms for New York this month for an exciting show which runs until March 26 at the galleries of Dickinson Roundell, 19 East 66th Street.

Bodhisattva’s body satisfies

01 November 2001

The show stopper at Christie’s Indian and Southeast auction on October 17 was this sublime grey schist Gandharan bodhisattva, 2/3rd century. The drapes of the robes falling about his body contrast with his powerfully carved bare chest, as he stands gazing ahead with a fixed stare.

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