A DARBAR SCENE WITH SANSAR CHAND OF KANGRA AND JAI SINGH KANHAIYA ATTRIBUTED TO BASSIA OR SHIBA KANGRA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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Lot 646
A DARBAR SCENE WITH SANSAR CHAND OF KANGRA AND JAI SINGH KANHAIYA
ATTRIBUTED TO BASSIA OR SHIBA
KANGRA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Sold for US$ 75,075 inc. premium
A DARBAR SCENE WITH SANSAR CHAND OF KANGRA AND JAI SINGH KANHAIYA
ATTRIBUTED TO BASSIA OR SHIBA
KANGRA, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Opaque watercolor and gold on paper.
8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (21.7 x 32.5 cm), irregular

Footnotes

  • Typical of darbar scenes, the artist employed a converging diagonal arrangement showing the principal protagonists at its peak. This technique in Indian painting stemmed from the earliest Mughal prototypes and remained popular through the 19th century. A similar composition attributed to Purkhu and dated c.1800 also depicts Sansar Chand before a muted white and grey background at about the same age (Beach, Fischer & Goswamy, Masters of Indian Painting, Zurich, 2011, p.723, fig.2). Also compare with another smaller, roughly contemporaneous portrait in the Harvard Art Museum, showing Chand's attendant sporting a slightly thinner beard (Archer, Indian Paintings in the Punjab Hills, London, 1973, p.199, no.11). The painting's attribution to either Bassia, the brother of Purkhu, or Bassia's son Shiba stems from personal correspondence between Milo Beach and B.N. Goswamy.

    Provenance
    Bharany, Kolkata, 1962
    Collection of Milo Cleveland Beach
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