Christie’s third consecutive India Sale was held in Mumbai in December, that also included , a section dedicated to Classical Indian Art. This extended sale offering commemorated the 20th anniversary of Christie’s presence in India. Featuring exceptional works of modern and contemporary South Asian Art, The India Sale comprised approximately 80 lots from important private and corporate collections. The auction included modern masterpieces by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, Ram Kumar, Nasreen Mohamedi, Manjit Bawa, Nandalal Bose, Abanindranath Tagore and Gaganendranath Tagore.
Sonal Singh, Head of Department, South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art, Mumbai told The insider that ‘there’s a lot of buzz and a great response to the Christe’s annual feature here in India!’ She informed us that the artists curated by Christie’s have to the do the regular art gallery tour make a name and then Christie’s come knocking.
At the heart of the miniature paintings selection within the Classical Art sale is a group that comes directly from the ancestral collections of the Maharajas of Bikaner. Very well preserved by the dry desert air, these are a reminder of how cosmopolitan Bikaner was in its heyday. Not only does the group include typical elegant depictions of Krishna and palace life, but also two paintings that clearly illustrate the direct influence of Golconda (present day Hyderabad) in the Deccan. The group also contains two fanciful depictions of Europeans that relate closely to those painted on the ceilings of the Phool Mahal in the Fort of Bikaner.
Here’s a look at the top grosser- Gaitonde’s Untitled masterpiece!