Rare Indian antiquities, arts and books on auction

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Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) An upcoming exhibition, followed by an auction here, will bring together some rare antiquities, fine arts and books.

Organised by the Osian’s Group, the forthcoming auction is titled “Indian Antiquities, Modern Contemporary Fine Arts and Books” and will be held on April 7. The Opening Preview Exhibition is scheduled for April 3 at Tao Art Gallery here.

Featuring in the auction will be top-quality artworks formerly from collections with impeccable provenance from India and abroad, which includes the personal and family collections of luminaries like the erstwhile Maharaja Vijay Singh of Rajpipla and family collection of Indira Gandhi, among others.

The April 7 sale also features Indian antiquities mainly from important international collections, giving the Indian collector a rare advantage to bring back significant pieces of our artistic heritage.

The artworks include an important 3rd-4th century Buddhist Gray Schist sculpture from the Gandharan region and Kushan Period; a significant medieval Buff Sandstone Stele of Saraswati from the 12th Century to most important schools of Miniatures from the Indian belt (Deccani, Pahari, Mughal,Mewar and Company) and a small selection from our neighbouring countries, Nepal, Tibet, China and Sri Lanka.

“An auction is an important trigger as it places monetary value on ideas and objects which most cannot fathom or understand, and in the process inspires building blocks to preserve, nurture and spread the ideas around those objects. It is time to deeply re-delve into the needs of India’s artistic heritage and build something truly great which allows us to share with pride the best of India’s cultural civilization,” Founder and Chairman of Osian’s Group, Neville Tuli said in a statement.

The Sale opens with 12 lots of Rare Books, catalogues and journals on the Indian Arts from the late 19th Century till the most recently published record of the 21st Century.

–IANS

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