Indian Hindu miniatures line up at Bonhams' upcoming auction of Asian art
March 2, 2016: Auction house, Bonhams has assembled an exceptional collection of Indian miniature paintings as part of its Indian, Himalayan & South Asian Art sale, to take place during New York’s Asia Week.
With a total sale estimate of $4 – 6 million, the majority of the tiny masterpieces vibrantly depict famed scenes from India’s Hindu religion. Two of them – dating to the late 18th-early 19th century – come from the private collection of Pakistani painter, Abdur Rahman Chughtai and relay excerpts from the narrative of Radha and Krishna, the feminine and masculine representations of God.
One – Folio 48 from the Kangra Rasikapriya, valued at $40,000-60,000 – is a detailed work from the school of master Purkhu, the other – Divine Loveplay Under Moonlight, estimated at $30,000-40,000 – originates from the contemporaneous Guler court.
The sale also features a long misattributed “Malwa school” miniature from around the 17th century, which shows the defeat of the demon Kumbhakarna – appraised at $8,000 - $12,000 – as well as an 18th century drawing from the celebrated Hindu Bhagavata Purana book.
The Bonhams’ Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Are sale will take place on March 14. More information is available on the auction house’s website.