This silver inlaid bronze candlestick from 13th or 14th century Persia has a guide of £150,000-200,000 at Bonhams on March 29. Standing just over 7in (18cm) high, it takes the same distinctive form as similar examples once attributed to Iraq and Western Persia which are now believed to come from Konya in Anatolia.
The cartouches filled with in kufic inscriptions promise glory, prosperity and good fortune to the owner.
Chiswick Auctions offers six sculptural works of Buddhist art from the late Jean-Pierre Yonan collection in its Islamic and Indian Art sale on April 29.
This Khmer sandstone statue of the female goddess Parvati or Uma is in the Angkor Wat style and dates from c.1100-75. Measuring 22in (55cm) high on its stand, it was in Yonan’s London home since the 1980s.
The Fine Sale at Keys in Aylsham on March 23-25 includes this Kutch silver punch bowl by the celebrated Indian silversmith Oomersi Mawji & Sons estimated at £8000-12,000.
The late 19th century bowl is chased and embossed with flowers, scroll work and hunting scenes with the handles formed as winged bird’s heads. Weighing 93oz, it comes complete with its ebonised socle and a purple velvet lined travelling case.
Mawji & Sons took part in the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1878 and sold its work in London through Liberty & Co among others. While Mawji died in 1890, his sons continued the business until c.1930.
This pencil and watercolour view of the Mausoleum of Sultan Purveiz, near Allahabad, was painted by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) and his nephew William Daniell (1769-1837) while on their journey through India.
The pencil under-drawing would have been produced on the spot, and then once back in England, c.1790, the two artists would have worked up the drawing in watercolour and brush and ink. This particular view was engraved and became one of the aquatints in the first volume of Oriental Scenery published in 1805.
It has a guide of £5000-7000 at Forum Auctions in London on March 31.
The Christie’s Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds in London on March 31 includes this magnificent Safavid weaving – the Adolphe von Rothschild silk and metal-thread Polonaise carpet.
It was probably made in Isfahan, central Persia, c.1600 during the artistic renaissance of Shah ‘Abbas I when a significant proportion of similar carpets were made as ambassadorial gifts to European nobility. Louis XV apparently owned 25 such rugs.
This carpet is remarkably well preserved and retains a palette of 12 vibrant colours. It formerly belonged to Baron Adolphe Carl von Rothschild and retains the original label noting its owner and his residence at 45 rue de Monceau in Paris during the 19th century. It was sold in Paris in 1968 when it passed to another prominent German noble family where it has remained for over half a century.
A rare survivor from the Golden Age of Safavid weaving, it is estimated at £1m-1.5m.
This Indian miniature of Radha and Krishna on a bed painted in Garhwal c.1800-20 comes for sale by descent from William and Mildred Archer. It was published many times in articles penned by both collectors, including William’s Visions of Courtly India (1976).
Although the painting does not come from any known Gita Govinda series, it reflects the poem’s concluding stanzas: ‘In the morning she rose disarrayed and her eyes betrayed a night without slumber; when the yellow-robed God, who gazed on her with transport, thus meditated on her charms in his heavenly mind. ’As part of the Antiquities, Islamic & Indian Arts sale at Roseberys on April 1, the estimate is £5000-7000.
There was drama at the Stonepark auction rooms of Rendells near Ashburton back in 2015 when this Isnik fritware tile was hammered down at £155,000. The 9½in (24cm) square tile featuring birds flanking a pedestal fountain was brought into a valuation day after the vendor, who had kept it in the garage, had second thoughts about sending it to a jumble sale.
It had belonged to her step-grandfather who had worked as a consultant mining engineer in Turkey.
The tile, dated to c.1575, returns to auction at Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World & India sale on March 30. The estimate (that was £3000-5000 seven years ago) is £100,000-150,000.
The tile is one of only a small number known in this pattern, using the emerald green first used to decorate tiles of the mausoleum of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1566. Sotheby’s cataloguer references seven other intact examples, all now housed in museum collections.