"Maharaja of Kuu By Bhagawan Opaque watercolor on paper Kulu circa 1790 "
Lot 1185
Maharaja Pritam Singh of Kulu issuing payment By Bhagawan, Kulu, circa 1790
Sold for US$ 12,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Property from the Paul F. Walter Collection
Maharaja Pritam Singh of Kulu issuing payment
By Bhagawan, Kulu, circa 1790
Opaque watercolor on paper;the ruler with his infant son in his lap, presents a reward or payment to a favored minister in the form of two gold bangles. Two attendants with a morchal and a staff flank the composition, while another beckons to figures outside the frame.
Image: 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (19 x 26 cm.); Folio: 9 x 12 in. (30.4 x 22.8 cm.)

Footnotes

  • Although Bhagawan's style is not recognized for precise detail in the faces, there appears to a definite grimace on the face of the raja, as hands over the gold bangles. The presence of stacks remaining on the carpet and the tied sacks next to them, along with the beckoning gesture of the attendant figure behind the wall, suggest that more is to be handed out.

    Compare with an very closely related composition in the Victoria and Albert Museum, see Archer, Indian Paintings, 1973, no. 35, p. 255.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from Kapoor Galleries, 1983.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the present lot is being sold exclusive of the temporary exhibition frame. If you wish to purchase the frame please contact the department for details.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Customer Services & Bids (New York)
    Customer Services
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +1 212 644 9001
    FaxFax: +1 212 644 9009
  2. Asian Art (US)
    General Enquiries
    Bonhams
    Work
    Work +1 415 503 3358
    FaxFax: +1 415 503 3300