Monday, December 7, 2015

The main appeal of classical Indian art for collectors

By Romain Pingannaud
An important sandstone figure of Ganesha. India, Madhya, Pradesh, circa 10th century. Estimate: INR 50,00,000-70,00,000. This work is offered in The India Sale in Mumbai on 15 December.
There is a long tradition of collecting classical Indian art in Europe, North America and the Far East. The term ‘classical Indian art’ is very broad, encompassing a huge diversity of categories. For both experienced collectors and new buyers it can be easy to build bridges between these categories. Hindu mythological scenes on 19th century silver have parallels with south Indian paintings, Mughal fashion influences Pahari painting and English decorative patterns find their way onto southeast Indian chintz textiles. [link]