Rare Indian works of art among those offered at Christie’s auction in London

New Delhi: Christie’s will auction art from the Islamic and Indian worlds, including Oriental rugs and carpets, which will take place live at its auction house in London later this month. On the Indian front, there will be paintings around the Mughal, Rajput, Deccani and Pahari schools of the learned professor Ludwig Habighorst. Other Indian works include a diamond-set and enamelled silver pandan given as a gift by the Nizam of Hyderabad to Maharaja Ranjit Singh, estimated at £2.50,000-3.50,000, and a folio from the Muraqqa of Saint Petersburg which depicts a hunting party and is also estimated between £3,000,000 and £5,000,000. This sale will include works of art, paintings, carpets and manuscripts from the 9th to the 20th century from Spain and India. This, the auction house said, was organized due to global demand and the influence of Islamic culture and craftsmanship. “The sale showcases the international resonance that the Islamic world has had in the art market and which continues to attract buyers from all corners of the globe due to the exceptional craftsmanship, quality and craftsmanship. provenance of these extraordinary works of art,” a spo said. Highlights is also a royal Anatolian Quran scroll, copied by a scribe for Ghiyath Al-Din Sultan Muhammad Ibn Sultan Eretna, the ruler of an Anatolian principality in AD 754/1353-54. It measures approximately 15 meters long (51 feet 7 inches) and is illuminated throughout. It is estimated between £2,000,000 and £3,000,000. The sale also includes curated private collections with provenances in several different categories. From the Iranian world, a private American collection of medieval Persian pottery, all decorated with animals, A Lustrous Menagrie¸ which is preceded by a star-shaped tile adorned with a camel.The sale also includes a set of Safavid paintings from the 17th century, including a rediscovered work by artist Reza ‘Abbasi of a White-eared Bulbul which is estimated at £1,000,000-1,50,000. The Turkish section is led by a group of Iznik pottery from the Victor Adda Collection – an early 20th century collector based in Alexandria. The section also has manuscripts, arms and armour, including an Ottoman tombak ceremonial shield, estimated at £80,000-120,000. According to MarketResearch.com, the art auction market is expected to reach over $38 billion by 2024.

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Christopher S. Washington