Then gifted to a Knight Commander of the Indian Empire. With the following note and signature of the author:
To A.W.Croft Esqr. M.A.
With S M. Tagore’s
profound esteem..? and most
A important cultural treatise – THE TEN PRINCIPAL AVATARAS OF THE HINDUS
140 Years old !
Where would one ever get such an item !!!
The book is exceptionally rare and an important one given the subject. Five copies have been listed in the various British archival libraries and perhaps a few more in private hands with this particular book (given to A.W. Croft) – a signed copy !
Continue reading A book written, published and signed by a ‘Raja’
Firstly a kudos to the Piramal Museum of Art – their exhibition “Likeness Without Reference – Cultures of Forgery” was something that has been needed for a while – and is an essential visit for collectors. The issue of what is “Good Art” and what is “Bad Art” is based on personal tastes, perception among other collectors, commercial interests, etc and we can argue on this ad nauseum. But certainly we don’t want to collect “Wrong Art” and this was the first of such exhibitions that I know of in India – an essential education for collectors. Continue reading Sculptures , Legitimate Editions, etc
Philately or stamp collecting is a great hobby – it is an interesting mix of history and technical studies. The usual areas of interest among collectors include the early issues of a country / state or errors. Continue reading Philately / Collecting Stamps – pre-SG1 Jasdan
Dhanraj Bhagat , a master sculptor and Padma Shri recepient, was active in Delhi during the mid 1940s to the1960s. Two of his sculptures (Reunion-1947 and Three Women-1953) are listed as belonging to the collection of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. An early Indian modernist ! Continue reading Mis-Reading Dhanraj Bhagat And His Durga
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 !!!
Continue reading Auction Catalogue’s Revert A Hundred Years
This an analysis of Vasudeo Gaitonde’s auction realizations . From about the time of the Guggenheim exhibition – his prices have seen exponential increases with comparisons being made to Mark Rothko. An almost insatiable appetite for his works have propelled his prices – three-four times in a few years. Some inferences can be made about collector behaviour and preferences from his auctions. Continue reading Making Sense of Gaitonde Canvas Valuations
The “contradiction” in Ganesh Pyne‘s oevre refer to the change in style (theme) which occurred around the time of his marriage to Meera di in the 90s. And the discussion around “Early Pyne” vs. “Late Pyne” which in my opinion also distills down to the same issue . Continue reading The Contradictions In Ganesh Pyne’s Oeuvre
The Saffron September 2016 sale just ended – my question to them was the following – how come there is no Contemporary Indian art ? (with one exception – Gieve Patel). While there will be an online auction possibly in December which will include contemporary art, the lack of these in the September sale says it all ! Continue reading What Happened To The Contemporary Art Market ?
I just received a new research publication – “Group 1890, India’s Indigenous Modernism” from DAG and this re-kindled the various arguments on modernism in India and my thoughts on the history of modernism in India. Continue reading India’s Indigenous Modernism
The Saffron 2016 September sale in Delhi looks like a major sale – a hundred crore sale , the second live auction in Delhi after the recent DAG Modern auction. Quite a few interesting lots – I would like to point out a few that I like Continue reading Saffron Sep 2016 Auction