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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View of Indian procession marches onwards at auction

14 October 2019

Views of processions, pageants and parades tend to attract special interest at auction, such as this view of an Indian procession bid to £6800 in Gloucestershire.

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Where to see and buy Islamic art in London this autumn

01 October 2019

The major auction houses host their biannual Islamic Art Week auctions in April and October, and this month a series of events and auctions are planned across the capital.

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Foreign visitors go on a journey to Exeter

20 May 2019

Topped by an eight-times estimate £19,500 Momoyama ‘Namban’ cabinet (ATG No 2391), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Exeter on April 16 had other estimate-busting lots from abroad.

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Five highlights estimated under £1000 at Halls’ Asian sale this week – including an Indian rarity donated to a charity shop

13 May 2019

Halls' sale on May 15 in Shrewsbury, combining Asian objects with a country house sale, has ceramics, textiles and paintings at a range of prices to tempt new collectors. ATG picked five items for closer inspection.

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Artefacts collected during extensive Indian travels for sale

13 May 2019

On May 17 Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, is selling the collection of Indian artefacts from the estate of David Swope of Ossining, NY.

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Tipu Sultan battlefield spoils dispersed at Oxfordshire auction

01 April 2019

A rifle from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan sold for £60,000 in Oxfordshire last week.

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Collection of Tipu Sultan treasure including gold-encrusted sword offered at Antony Cribb sale

28 January 2019

Historical weapons from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan will be offered for sale in Oxfordshire in the spring.

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Government halts export of 17th century southern Indian tray in hope of finding UK buyer

23 January 2019

A south Indian Bidri pear-shaped tray dating from the 17th century has been temporarily blocked from export from the UK by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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UK issues export bar for 18th century Indian watercolour miniature of “outstanding aesthetic importance”

17 November 2018

The UK government has issued an export bar for Nainsukh of Guler’s ‘Trumpeters’, valued at £550,000.

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Five choice objects up for auction in Islamic Week

19 October 2018

The biannual series of Islamic and Indian art auctions held in April and October offers a wide range of art and artefacts celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Middle East and the subcontinent. This year’s ‘Islamic Week’, running from October 22-26, includes sales from five auction houses, highlights of which are pictured below.

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Indo-Portuguese furniture exports shine at auction in the UK

24 September 2018

Two early examples of Indo- Portuguese furniture sold for five-figure sums at auction this month.

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Stolen 12th century bronze returned to India after spotted at London antiques fair

17 August 2018

A 12th-century Chola bronze, stolen from a museum in India nearly 60 years ago, has been returned to the country after it was discovered at a London antiques fair earlier this year.

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Indian stunners as folk art thrills in Cirencester

13 August 2018

Cirencester saleroom Moore Allen & Innocent (20% buyer’s premium) enjoyed a taste of India’s fast-growing art market when three pictures by the Indian folk artist Jamini Roy (1887-1972) were scooped up for a total of £24,500.

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Mughal emperor rides high to make a jumbo auction price

04 June 2018

Among several runaway lots at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) Asian Art sale in Dorchester was a 19th century Indian watercolour depicting the Mughal Emperor Akbar II on an elephant.

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Pick of the Week: South Indian rarity spotted alongside Soloman stars

23 April 2018

An 18in (45cm) figure of Shiva Vinadhara c.12th century – £220,000.

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Sotheby’s returns to holding auctions in India

16 April 2018

Sotheby’s is to return to holding auctions in India to take advantage of the growing wealth in the Asian nation. It plans a sale in December at The Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai.

Tyeb Mehta’s ‘Durga Mahisasura Mardini’

Sotheby’s returns to India for Mumbai auctions

10 April 2018

Sotheby’s is to return to holding auctions in India to take advantage of the growing wealth in the Asian nation.

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Pick of the Week: Warehouse reveals a treasure trove as Indian miniature takes £80,000 at Dreweatts' auction

29 January 2018

“Every auctioneer dreams of being instructed to handle a wide-ranging collection lovingly put together over decades and then packed away out of sight.“

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Pick of the Week: Lofft gives a painting lift

11 December 2017

This 17th century Indian painting attributed to one of the best artists of the Mughal court sold for £42,000 at Sworders’ December 5 Country House Sale.

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Mughal court miniature at Sworders

27 September 2017

This 17th century Indian painting attributed to one of the finest artists of the Mughal court was recently discovered in a private collection in Suffolk. Sworders will offer it for sale in their December 5 Country House Sale with an estimate of £10,000-15,000.

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