Previews: Islamic and Indian Artwork Number 2535

Bronze candlestick inlaid with silver from Persia 13th or 14th century – estimate £150,000-200,000 at Bonhams.

This silver-inlaid bronze candlestick from 13th or 14th century Persia has a guide of £150,000-200,000 at Bonhams on March 29. Measuring just over 18cm high, it takes the same distinctive form as similar examples once attributed to Iraq and Western Persia. which are now believed to have come from Konya in Anatolia.

The cartouches filled with Kufic inscriptions promise glory, prosperity and good fortune to the owner. or see this article on


Khmer sandstone statue of the female goddess Parvati or Uma in the style of Angkor Wat from around 1100-75 – estimate £3,000-5,000 at Chiswick Auctions.

Chiswick Auctions is offering six sculptural works of Buddhist art from the late Jean-Pierre Yonan collection in its April 29 Islamic and Indian Art sale.

This Khmer sandstone statue of the female goddess Parvati or Uma is in the style of Angkor Wat and dates to around 1100-75. Standing 22 inches (55cm) tall on its stand, it had stood in Yonan’s London home since the 1980s.

Estimate £3000-5000.


Kutch silver punch bowl by famed Indian goldsmith Oomersi Mawji & Sons – estimate £8,000-12,000 at Keys in Aylsham.

The handsome sale at Keys in Aylsham from March 23-25 ​​includes this silver Kutch punch bowl from famed Indian goldsmith Oomersi Mawji & Sons estimated between £8,000-12,000.

The late 19th century bowl is chiselled and embossed with flowers, scrollwork and hunting scenes with the handles in the shape of winged bird heads. Weighing 93 oz, it comes with its blackened stand and a purple velvet-lined travel case.

Mawji & Sons participated in the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878 and sold his work in London through Liberty & Co among others. While Mawji died in 1890, his sons continued the business until around 1930. or see this article on


Pencil and watercolor view of the Mausoleum of Sultan Purveiz, near Allahabad, by Thomas Daniell and his nephew William – estimate £5000-7000 at Forum Auctions in London.

This pencil and watercolor view of the Mausoleum of Sultan Purveiz, near Allahabad, was painted by Thomas Daniell (1749-1840) and his nephew William Daniell (1769-1837) during their journey through India .

The pencil under-drawing is said to have been made on the spot, then once back in England, around 1790, the two artists would have worked on the drawing in watercolour, brush and ink. This particular view was engraved and became one of the aquatints in the first volume of Eastern landscape published in 1805.

He has a £5,000-7,000 guide at Forum Auctions in London on March 31. or see this article on


Safavid weaving, Adolphe von Rothschild’s Polonaise carpet in silk and metal thread probably made in Isfahan, central Persia around 1600 – estimate £1-1.5 million at Christie’s.

Christie’s Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds in London on March 31 features this magnificent Safavid weave – the silk and metallic thread Polonaise rug by Adolphe von Rothschild.

It was probably made in Isfahan, central Persia, around 1600 during the artistic revival of Shah ‘Abbas I, when a significant proportion of similar rugs were made as ambassadorial gifts to European nobility. Louis XV apparently owned 25 of these carpets.

This carpet is remarkably well preserved and retains a palette of 12 vibrant colors. It once belonged to Baron Adolphe Carl von Rothschild and retains the original label indicating its owner and his residence at 45 rue de Monceau in Paris in the 19th century. It was sold in Paris in 1968 when it passed to another prominent German noble family where it remained for over half a century.

A rare survivor of the golden age of Safavid weaving, it is estimated between £1-1.5 million.


Indian miniature of Radha and Krishna on a bed painted in Garhwal c.1800-20 – estimate £5,000-7,000 at Roseberys London.

This Indian miniature of Radha and Krishna on a bed painted in Garhwal circa 1800-20 is offered for sale by descent from William and Mildred Archer. It has been published several times in articles written by the two collectors, including William’s Visions of Courtly India (1976).

Although the painting is not from any known series by Gita Govinda, it reflects the final stanzas of the poem: “In the morning she rose distraught and her eyes betrayed a sleepless night; when the God in the yellow robe, who gazed at her with transport, thus meditated on her charms in his celestial mind. ‘As part of the Antiques, Islamic and Indian Arts sale at Roseberys on April 1, the estimate is £5,000-7,000. or see this article on


Isnik fritware tile dated circa 1575 – estimate £100,000-150,000 at Sotheby’s.

There was drama at Stonepark auction halls in Rendells near Ashburton in 2015 when this Isnik fritware tile was hammered at £155,000. The 9½-inch (24cm) square tile depicting birds flanking a pedestal fountain was highlighted the day after the seller, who had kept it in the garage, balked at sending it to an auction .

It had belonged to his father-in-law who had worked as a consulting mining engineer in Turkey.

The tile, dated around 1575, is up for auction at Sotheby’s Arts of the Islamic World & India sale on March 30. The estimate (which was £3,000-5,000 seven years ago) is £100,000-150,000.

The tile is one of the few known tiles in this design, using the emerald green first used to decorate tiles in the Mausoleum of Suleiman the Magnificent in 1566. The Sotheby’s cataloguer references seven other undamaged examples, all now housed in museum collections.

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