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.


Company School painting of a monkey

Top-selling Company School painting of a monkey stars in our pick of six auction highlights sold this week

08 April 2022

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a striking 18th century Indian miniature of a monkey that made over five-times estimate in South London.

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Previews: Islamic & Indian works of art

21 March 2022

The spring and autumn traditionally turn the London spotlight on Islamic and Indian works of art. This year there are specialist sales at five auction houses in March and April: Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, Chiswick Auctions and Roseberys. Pictured here are some highlights together with associated works of art from mixed-discipline sales.

Bodhisattva

Looted bodhisattva sculpture returned to India via Italy

15 February 2022

With help from Christopher Marinello’s Art Recovery International, an 8th-9th century bodhisattva sculpture, looted from a temple in India has been recovered.

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Husain works purchased direct

14 February 2022

Two signed watercolours by the Indian artist Maqbool Fida Husain (1913-2011) will be on sale at Bruneau & Co of Cranston, Rhode Island, on February 21.

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Reduced returns for Duleep marble

07 February 2022

One of the highlights of the April 2007 London Islamic sale series had been this 2ft 4in (74cm) high white marble bust of Maharajah Duleep Singh by neoclassical sculptor John Gibson.

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Bezoars made much easier to stomach

17 January 2022

Bezoars (from the Persian pād-zahr meaning ‘poison antidote’) are the calcified concretion found in the stomachs of some animals. Prized for their supposed medicinal properties, until the Enlightenment science at the beginning of the 18th century they could sell for more than their weight in gold.

Tipu Sultan's gold finial

Export block issued on 18th century Tipu Sultan throne finial despite valuation doubt

16 November 2021

The UK government has issued a temporary export bar for a gold finial that once adorned the throne of Tipu Sultan (1750-99).

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Musical moment: Asian art and antiquities sale dedicated to Ader specialist

08 November 2021

On November 25 Ader will hold a sale of Indian and Islamic Art and Antiquities that is billed as a homage to Marie-Christine David, a specialist in this field who worked with the firm for 10 years.

Mughal spectacles

Asian Art in London Indian and Islamic award winners announced

21 October 2021

As its annual festival of exhibitions and sales gets under way, Asian Art in London has announced the winners of its Indian and Islamic awards.

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Asian art dealer previews: Tiger goddess

11 October 2021

This 19th century painting illustrates a scene from the Devi Mahatmya, a famous Sanskrit text centred on the figure of the Hindu mother goddess Devi.

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Asian art dealer previews: Jewels showcased in St James’s

11 October 2021

Asian antique jewellery specialist Sue Ollemans offers this Indian pair of early 19th century earrings made in Lucknow.

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Asian art auction previews: Shield life-saver

11 October 2021

The Islamic and Indian Art sale at Chiswick Auctions on October 29 includes this gilt and painted shield made in north-western India (possibly Rajasthan) in the first half of the 18th century.

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Asian art dealer previews: Hund sculptures

11 October 2021

Made from fired clay, this 12in (30cm) high bust head of a bodhisattva comes from a little explored group of sculptures found at Hund, a small township on the ancient site of Udabhandapura in Pakistan, once the capital of the Hindu Shahi kingdom.

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Asian art auction previews: Fan of sculpture

11 October 2021

This 3ft 5in (1.03m) buff sandstone figure of a male chauri (fan) bearer from 9th-11th century central India, possibly Rajasthan, forms part of Dreweatts’ Asian Art Part 2 sale in Donnington Priory on November 11.

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Asian art dealer previews: Krishna in child form

11 October 2021

Propped up against a huge bolster and bedecked in jewels sits Navneetpriyaji, one of the child manifestations of the Hindu deity Krishna.

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Asian art dealer previews: Splendour and worship

11 October 2021

Made from green chlorite mineral rather than bronze, this 8th century Kashmiri sculpture group represents the Hindu god Vishnu with his two attendants, Gadadevi and Chakrapurusha.

Gaganendranath Tagore picture

Tagore ink painting brings Indian summer

13 September 2021

A mount to an ‘Indian school’ ink wash offered by Cuttlestones in Penkridge on September 2 read simply 'G Tagore'.

Great Indian Fruit Bat or Flying Fox

Auctioneer turned dealer consigns major collection of Company School pictures to Sotheby’s

02 September 2021

Billed as the first dedicated auction of its kind, Sotheby’s is offering a major group of Company School paintings from the collection of American collector and art dealer Carlton C. Rochell, Jr in London on October 27.

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Essex sale provides latest market test for Company School ornithological paintings

07 June 2021

Interest in the exquisitely detailed ornithological paintings produced by Indian artists from the late 18th to the mid-19th centuries has grown significantly over the last few decades.

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Emperors survive album break-up

07 June 2021

A highlight at Millon on June 14 is a miniature painted with a double portrait of the Mughal emperors Shah Jahan and his son and successor Aurangzeb.

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