Himalayan, Indian & Southeast Asian sale to kick off Asia Week at Bonhams with important works of art

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Art
11 Sep 2012
New York

NEW YORK—Following the tremendous success of the spring auction, where world records were established in multiple categories of Indian painting, Bonhams will present another important group of paintings in the September 11 Himalayan, Indian & Southeast Asian sale. On offer is a strong selection of fresh to market works coming from private collections and estates including: 60+ Indian paintings from the 16th - 19th century; a fine group of Indian sculpture and works of art; approximately 20 Himalayan works with a strong offering of Tibetan paintings; and a small eclectic group of Southeast Asian sculpture and works of art.

Bonhams will also present another important group of paintings from the royal courts of Rajasthan and Punjab Hills. The sale will feature a number of equestrian portraits of rulers from the celebrated court of Mewar (Udaipur) including the dazzling processional scene of Sajjan Singh, dated 1883 by the court artist Sivalal (pre-sale estimate $30,000-40,000). Typical of the court painting from Udaipur great emphasis was placed on royal stable of horses and elephants. More often than not the artist focused a great amount of detail on the animal compared with the humans in the composition. This is especially evident in this painting and the inscription on the back identifies the names of the horses as well as the dignitaries who are riding them.

Other highlight paintings include a 19th century opaque watercolour illustration to the Hamir Hatha attributed to Sajnu (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000), a late 18th century opaque watercolour illustration to a Ramayana Series: Rama and Lakshmana confer with the monkey army (pre-sale est. $25,000-35,000), and another opaque watercolour circa 1695 to the 'third' Rasamanjari of Bhanu Dutta: The intoxicated courtesan (pre-sale est. $60,000-80,000).

Bonhams is also delighted to announce the presentation of Indian and Southeast Asian art from the Estate of Natasha Eilenberg. The highlight of the collection is a staggering 7th-8th century bronze figure of Buddha from the Mon Dvaravati culture in Thailand. Cast in frontal position, with both arms bent at the elbows, on a parallel level, and his hands displaying the vitarka mudra (signifying the act of teaching the dharma or explication). Typical of the period, the Buddha has a broad face, full lips and elongated eyes conveying a sublime expression.

This is the most important Mon Dvaravati sculpture to appear in the market in over twenty-five years. With exceptional provenance dating prior to 1969 together with broad affection and respect for Natasha Eilenberg the Buddha will be of interest an international group of museums and collectors (pre-sale estimate $250,000-350,000).

Himalayan, Indian & Southeast Asian
September 11, 2012 @ 1pm


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