Indian Works of Art

Works from the Indian subcontinent include pieces from what is now India and Pakistan associated with the Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and other religions.

Collectable categories include items made during the colonial period when pieces were also made to appeal to Western taste; Indian watercolours (miniatures); jewellery decorated with enamels and set with rubies, emeralds and other gems; and hardstones, especially jade, carved into intricate handles for edged weapons or receptacles.


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Joys of the East: Upcoming Indian and Islamic art auctions and exhibitions

12 October 2020

The two-part Asian Art in London begins with Indian and Islamic art auctions and dealer exhibitions this month.

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Islamic & Indian art: a selection of hammer highlights including a painting of Mehmed II

12 October 2020

A selection of stand-out Islamic & Indian auction results.

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Islamic & Indian art: nine dealer previews for October 2020

12 October 2020

A focus on Indian and Islamic art available to view and buy from dealers taking part in Asian Art in London in late October.

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Islamic & Indian art: 11 auction previews for October 2020

12 October 2020

A wealth of Indian and Islamic art and artefacts are available to view and buy in late October from both participants at Asian Art in London and auction houses whose sales are timed to coincide with the festival.

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Asian Art in London's Islamic & Indian art award nominees for 2020

12 October 2020

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s inaugural Indian and Islamic week have been announced. The Antiques Trade Gazette Award for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from an Auction House and the Apollo Award for Outstanding Indian or Islamic Work of Art from a Dealer each have three finalists. Winners will be announced on October 29.

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Indian and Islamic Week: Asian Art in London awards shortlist announced

06 October 2020

The awards shortlist for Asian Art in London’s inaugural Indian and Islamic week have been announced.

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Indian bronzes returned by Met's Art and Antiques Unit

22 September 2020

The Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiques Unit have helped recover three 15th century Indian bronze sculptures after one was identified in the possession of a UK dealer.

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Himalayan raja rises to £4600 when reoffered

07 September 2020

An intriguing Indian miniature portrait drew strenuous competition against an estimate of just £30-50 at Clarke’s (18% buyer’s premium) in Shaftesbury, Dorset.

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Indian miniatures expand appeal as demand grows on the subcontinent

07 September 2020

Indian miniatures are a common sight at UK auctions. With a keen, dedicated and often very knowledgeable collecting base, they remain a somewhat independent but active sub-set of the art market.

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Pick of the week: Meet the fakir who likes his sheep raw

22 June 2020

The highlight of Bonhams’ rescheduled sale of Indian and Islamic art held on June 11 was a group of a nine Company School watercolours with an unbroken provenance back to 1812.

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British Museum buys 18th century Indian watercolour miniature to prevent its export overseas

07 January 2020

An 18th century watercolour miniature by one of India’s greatest painters has been saved for the nation by the British Museum.

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Miniature’s major pulling power

23 December 2019

Depiction of Emperor Shah Jahan is thought to have been prepared for his official chronicle.

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View of Indian procession marches onwards at auction

14 October 2019

Views of processions, pageants and parades tend to attract special interest at auction, such as this view of an Indian procession bid to £6800 in Gloucestershire.

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Where to see and buy Islamic art in London this autumn

01 October 2019

The major auction houses host their biannual Islamic Art Week auctions in April and October, and this month a series of events and auctions are planned across the capital.

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Foreign visitors go on a journey to Exeter

20 May 2019

Topped by an eight-times estimate £19,500 Momoyama ‘Namban’ cabinet (ATG No 2391), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s (21% buyer’s premium) sale in Exeter on April 16 had other estimate-busting lots from abroad.

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Five highlights estimated under £1000 at Halls’ Asian sale this week – including an Indian rarity donated to a charity shop

13 May 2019

Halls' sale on May 15 in Shrewsbury, combining Asian objects with a country house sale, has ceramics, textiles and paintings at a range of prices to tempt new collectors. ATG picked five items for closer inspection.

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Artefacts collected during extensive Indian travels for sale

13 May 2019

On May 17 Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York, is selling the collection of Indian artefacts from the estate of David Swope of Ossining, NY.

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Tipu Sultan battlefield spoils dispersed at Oxfordshire auction

01 April 2019

A rifle from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan sold for £60,000 in Oxfordshire last week.

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Collection of Tipu Sultan treasure including gold-encrusted sword offered at Antony Cribb sale

28 January 2019

Historical weapons from the personal armoury of Tipu Sultan will be offered for sale in Oxfordshire in the spring.

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Government halts export of 17th century southern Indian tray in hope of finding UK buyer

23 January 2019

A south Indian Bidri pear-shaped tray dating from the 17th century has been temporarily blocked from export from the UK by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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