Sikh Art Watch – April 8 – Sikh Art at Bonhams

A Hoshiarpur ivory inlaid wood table and three Chairs 
Northern India, late 19th Century
– Auction at Bonhams

Sikh Art Watch – 8 April 2014  - Sikh Art Auction at Bonhams

Auction Date: 8 April 2014  Islamic and Indian Art Sale-21720

Lot# 228
Estimate: £3,000 – 5,000
Sold: Sold for £8,750

CATALOGUE NOTE
The chairs of X-shape, the backs carved in openwork with two confronting peacocks, the arms terminating in tiger heads, the table with three peacocks at the feet, all profusely decorated in ivory inlay with vegetal interlace with diamond borders, the table top with concentric bands containing scrolling vines and floral sprays, one with a repeat design potted trees flanked by confronting stalks beneath pointed arches
the table 69 cm. diam.(4)
SALEROOM NOTICES
This lot contains or is made of ivory and in February 2014 the United States Government announced the intention to ban the import of any ivory into the USA.
 


Twelve paintings depicting Sikh and Punjab figures
including Mul Raj, Dina Nath and a Sikh reading the Guru Granth
North India, Punjab, circa 1850
– Auction at Bonhams

Sikh Art Watch – 8 April 2014 - Sikh Art Auction at Bonhams

Auction Date: 8 April 2014  Islamic and Indian Art Sale-<21720

Lot# 298
Estimate: £3,000 – 5,000
Sold: Sold for £3,750

CATALOGUE NOTE
Watercolours on watermarked paper (two watermarked 1850), four with embossed stamps in upper corner reading Commercial Post 1851 and an image of a sailing boat, all with identifying inscriptions in English and Persian in ink (in the case of four the inscriptions trimmed and mounted on the backboards), framed
the largest six 245 x 195 mm.; two 220 x 180 mm.; the remaining four 150 x 150 mm.(12)
 


Guru Nanak seated in a pavilion with his companion, Mardana, and an attendant with a flywhisk Tanjore, mid-19th Century – Auction at Bonhams

Sikh Art Watch – 8 April 2014 - Sikh Art Auction at Bonhams

Auction Date: 8 April 2014  Islamic and Indian Art Sale-21720

Lot# 297
Estimate: £4,000 – 6,000
Sold: Sold for £5,000

CATALOGUE NOTE
Gouache on paper with gilt plaster in relief inlaid with coloured glass, framed
597 x 742 mm.


A silver tray by Martin Hall & Co. presented by Maharaja Duleep Singh to his loader
London, 1875
– Auction at Bonhams

Sikh Art Watch – 8 April 2014 - Sikh Art Auction at Bonhams

Auction Date: 8 April 2014  Islamic and Indian Art Sale-21720

Lot# 232
Estimate: £2,000 – 3,000
Sold: Not Sold

CATALOGUE NOTE
Of lobed form on three feet in the form of talons with a short lip to rim with beaded and classical details, engraved to the centre with an inscription surrounded by roundels with floral sprays
26 cm. diam.; 547 g.
FOOTNOTES
Inscription: ‘To Harry the best loader a gun could ask for/ His Highness Maharajah Duleep Singh/ Grandtully 1876.’ 


A gold and silver-damascened steel Quoit (chakram) depicting the Sikh Gurus
Sialkot, 19th Century
– Auction at Bonhams

Sikh Art Watch – 8 April 2014  - Sikh Art Auction at Bonhams

Auction Date: 8 April 2014  Islamic and Indian Art Sale-21720

Lot# 230
Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000
Sold: Sold for £20,000

CATALOGUE NOTEOf circular form, the outer edge sharpened, decorated in silver and gold inlay with alternating cartouches containing depictions of seated figures with inscriptions in gurmukhi flanked by spandrels of vegetal interlace, and ogee arches, the interstices with vegetal interlace, the reverse with a zig-zag design formed by interlocking alternating triangles filled with foliate vines and stylised palmettes
28.6 cm. diam.
FOOTNOTES
The inscriptions comprise the names of the Sikh Gurus.


A Sikh repoussé silver Parasol (Chattri)
Punjab, 19th Century
– Auction at Bonhams

Sikh Art Watch – 8 April 2014  - Sikh Art Auction at Bonhams

Auction Date: 8 April 2014  Islamic and Indian Art Sale-21720

Lot# 229
Estimate: £4,000 – 6,000
Sold: Sold for £20,000

CATALOGUE NOTE
of conical form, the body depicting Guru Nanak seated with Bhai Mardana to his right playing a stringed instrument, Bhai Bala to his left with a flywhisk, rising to a ridged tapering handle decorated with scale motifs, the base with alternating foliate and scalloped scrolling motifs, chain suspensions below
18.5 cm high; 261 g.
FOOTNOTES
It is possible that this miniature silver parasol or chattri once hung over a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scripture. There is a comparable example in the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco (inv. no. 2007.19) which depicts Guru Nanak, the first of the Ten Sikh gurus along with his two companions, Bhai Mardana and Bhai Bala.
 


 

 

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