Christie's Islamic Art Week to star rare Indian miniature
A folio from the St Petersburg Muraqqa is among the pick of the lots at Christie's Islamic Art Week
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Thursday 15 March 2012
Christie's Islamic Art Week between April 23 and April 27 will feature a number of superb Indian works that are sure to have collectors competing fiercely.
Mughal collectors are particularly well-catered for, with a jade-hilted dagger complete with original blade among the pick of the lots.
The 17th century piece, estimated at £100,000-150,000, is decorated with gold inlay and encrusted with emeralds and rubies. It originates from central or northern India.
Another 17th century Mughal item, a gemset rock crystal bottle, will also feature prominently.
Decorated with gold and gemstones it is estimated at £100,000-150,000.
A rediscovered folio from the St Petersburg Muraqqa heads the Indian miniatures section.
The circa 1680 work Ladies by a River details women bathing in a river and features a detailed Rheinland landscape of a forest, a castle and foreboding sky.
It comes to auction with a £30,000-50,000 estimate.
The St Petersburg Muraqqa is a collection of Indian and Persian artworks and manuscripts bought in 1909 by Tsar Nicholas II.
A calligraphy from the same Muraqqa is valued at £8,000-12,000.
An 1832 gun, gifted by the "Lion of the Punjab" Ranjit Singh is valued at £20,000-30,000, while a 19th century Sikh battle flag will appear with a £15,000-25,000 valuation.
Christie's auction consists of 300 lots and is anticipated to achieve £7m, with a number of Oriental rugs and carpets, as well as Turkish artworks, all expected to perform well.
We will bring you all the big news from Christie's Islamic Art Week next month.
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