Auction Catalogue’s Revert A Hundred Years

It has been a trend to have either a Vasudep Gaitonde Canvas (from the 1960’s and beyond) or a Tyeb Mehta canvas (from the 1980s) as auction catalog covers.

This autumn a new trend appears , it appears auction houses are now highlighting (as cover lots) works from earlier – from the late 19th century. They seem to have gone back in history almost a hundred years !!!

AstaGuru Has Gone With A Ravi Varma In Its October Auction

ravi-varma-asta-guruc 1890, Estimate 1.5-2 crores, 23 x 20 inches

A Ravi Varma Is Also The Cover At Pundoles November Auction

ravi varma radha

In their last auction , a post-card ,c1920 , from Abanindranath Tagore to Gaganendranath Tagore, was the back cover.

abanindranath tagore post to gaganendranath tagore

DAG Went With Early Bengal In Its Autumn Auction

early bengal oil on canvas

Early Bengal Oil on Canvas, Late 19th Century

Sothebys Highlights a Ganesh Pyne In Their Online Platform


Ganesh Pyne – Under the Fountain, 1969, Estimate 40,000-60,000 GBP. I believe their catalogue cover lot is a Souza.

Christies December Sale ?

This invariably puts a lot of pressure on Christies. They have to get either a superb Ravi Varma or an Amrita Sher-gil (and nothing less) for some “shock and awe” effect in the auction catalogue cover!

Indrajit Chatterjee

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