Christie's Mumbai sale spans over 1,000 years of Indian Art



2015-10-20 09:25:29

A Christie's sale of Indian Art spanning more than 1,000 years of cultural history will be held in Mumbai this December.

The India Sale will offer a wide variety of lots, from classical carvings to contemporary artworks, as the company commemorates the 20th anniversary of its presence in India.

Amongst the most notable lots in the Classical section is a large ancient statue of a dancing Ganesha, the elephant-headed deity, estimated at around INR 70,00,000 ($107,849), and a life-size early Chola granite dvarapala figure expected to sell for up to INR 1,20,00,000 ($184,484).

The sale will also include approximately 80 works of modern and contemporary South Asian Art, from important private and corporate collections. Amongst the line-up will be masterpieces by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, Ram Kumar, Nasreen Mohamedi, Manjit Bawa, Nandalal Bose, Abanindranth Tagore and Gaganendranath Tagore.

Highlights will include an untitled 1995 work by Gaitonde, offered hot on the heels of his recent retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York, and the important Tyeb Mehta work Untitled (Two Figures) painted in 1981.

“When we made the bold move in 2013 to hold our first sale in India we had hopes of including Indian Classical Art in our auctions in the near future," said William Robinson, International Head of World Art. "With the necessary licenses now in place, we are excited to bring our longstanding expertise in this category, which has for so long been one of the cornerstones of our business, to our sales in India.

"As these objects are not able to be exported, but can still be exchanged in India, they will be safeguarded, and through the cataloguing process they will be properly identified and, for the time they are on exhibition, available for all to see and enjoy.”

The Christie's India Sale takes place in Mumbai on Tuesday December 15.


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