Sale of classical Indian Art by Saffronart

Monday, Dec 14, 2015,14:17 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Mumbai | Classical Indian art including miniatures paintings by Ramgopal Vijaivargiya, documents on artist Amrita Sher-Gil and sculptures like a monumental bronze Parvati is set to be go under the hammer here by auctioneers Saffronart.

The live evening sale offers 70 lots from important provenances in India, including impressive personal collections of individual collectors Col R K Tandan, J C Tandan, Khorshed Karanjavala, and Sohrabji K Bhedwar.

The history of collecting Classical Indian Art itself is full of remarkable personalities. While connoisseurship has languished in the past decades amid a wider audience, its heritage does it enormously proud, Hugo Weihe, CEO, Saffronart and the conductor of the sale said.

Among the lots from Col. Tandan’s collection, the Ragaputra Bhramarananda of Malkosa Raga, estimated at Rs 50 lakhs – Rs 70 lakhs (USD 76,925 – USD 107,625), leads the sale of miniature paintings.

Bhramarananda is one of the earliest known Basohli ragamalas discovered by Tandan and is one of an incomplete set of 65 paintings acquired from an elderly woman, whose grandfather was a court astrologer at Basohli once upon a time, auctioneers said.

Another highlight from Tandan’s collection of miniatures is ‘Baz Bahadur and Rupmati Riding At Night’ rendered in classic Nurpur style and estimated at Rs 9 lakh – Rs 12 lakhs (USD 13,850 – USD 18,465).

Rupmati, a Hindu courtesan was in love with Baz Bahadur, a Pathan, whose fort was stormed by the Mughals and the couple’s tale is one of romance, heroism and tragedy . In addition to miniatures, the Tandan collection also includes two important paintings by Ramgopal Vijaivargiya.

‘Important Documents of Amrita Sher-Gil’s Interactions with R C Tandan’ estimated at Rs 10 lakhs – Rs 15 lakhs (USD 15,385 -USD 23,080), highlights the close bond between the Sher-Gil and R C Tandan, who was a patron of the artist in her formative years.

He was instrumental in organizing a solo exhibition of her works in 1937 in Allahabad, during a crucial time in the artist’s career, auctioneers said.