Prinseps, November Evening Sale, New Delhi, Somnath Hore, Dhanraj Bhagat, Akbar Padamsee, Amarnath Sehgal, Bikash Bhattacharjee, N S Bendre, K H Ara, Taj Mahal Hotel, The Leela Palace, Deen Dayal, Indrajit Chatterjee, James Prinsep

Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades to conduct Prinseps' November Evening Sale

After the preview to be hosted in New Delhi tomorrow, Prinseps will host a preview of the upcoming Sale on November 17 - their first live auction - with some never-before-seen lots - from November 13-16 in Mumbai

Prinseps is set to host their November evening sale on November 17, when the 25 lot auction will see a number of artworks, never seen on the auction circuit, go under the hammer. To mark their first live auction, Prinseps have invited one of the world’s leading auctioneers Hugh Edmeades, to conduct the sale. Known world-over as one of Christie’s leading auctioneers, Edmeades will bring his expertise and style to this much-anticipated auction.

The evening sale has been meticulously curated to include a selection of sculptures from the stalwarts of Indian modernism - Dhanraj Bhagat (Lot 8, Ling Raj , wood, 1970), Somnath Hore (Lot 9, A Flower Born , bronze, 1991), Akbar Padamsee (Lot 6, Head , bronze, c. 2000) and Amarnath Sehgal (Lot 10, Ganesha , bronze, 1970).

The sculptures will be joined by paintings spanning the Modern and Contemporary styles, with highlights including a rare Bikash Bhattacharjee painting, unseen before on the open market, two NS Bendre paintings (Lots 13 & 14, Summer Forest and Untitled) - an early period pointillist work and an abstract landscape, and a dynamic KH Ara still life (Lot 18, Flowers) that weaves a landscape into the simple subject of a flower vase.

Representing the Contemporary end of the lots is Raqib Shaw’s Untitled (Lot 19, Untitled , mixed media on paper, 2007), produced in the Calcutta-born artist’s signature style of textural experimentation and fantastical imagery, the work is inspired by Hieronymous Bosch's iconic 15th century triptych. Shaw’s painting - a mix of contemporary materials such as glitter, crystal, enamel and industrial paints - is a 21st century homage to the visionary Bosch.

Also of note is lot 12, an album of 58 albumen prints by Deen Dayal , originally commissioned for the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1888. This is a rare occasion where the legendary, late-19th century photographer’s prints are being auctioned as a complete album.

About Prinseps

Prinseps was founded by Indrajit Chatterjee in 2017 as a research-focused auction house. Having hosted six auctions to date, Prinseps continues to foster research, curation and further discovery within the Indian art world. Following their inaugural auction where Prinseps was entrusted with artworks from the estate of Rathindranath Tagore (son of Rabindranath Tagore), subsequent auctions have gone on to bring together the leading names in Indian modern and contemporary art, backed by strong provenances and publication details. 

The name Prinseps is both a reference to the Indian princely states and to James Prinsep, the founding editor of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Best known for deciphering the Kharosthi and Brahmi scripts of ancient India, James Prinsep’s diligent documentation and illustration of aspects of Indian culture is reflected in Prinseps' methodologies and processes.

Prinseps have recently launched their online store, specialising in offering rare collectables such as antiquarian book, carpets and premium art deco furniture on a year-long basis, outside of the curated online auction programme.

Auction preview, New Delhi
November 2 | The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri
Le Cirque Boardroom (10th floor) | 11 am - 8 pm
Auction preview, Mumbai
November 13-16 | The Taj Art Gallery, The Taj Mahal Hotel | 11am - 8pm
Auction date: November 17 2019

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