Rare Paintings
 13 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Religious Procession: Durga
India, West Bengal, Murshidabad, circa 1800
Watercolor
Opaque watercolor on mica

Source: Los Angeles County Museum of Art Read More
 11 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Pillars in Great Chaitya Cave, Karli - 1839

This is plate 13 from James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The largest and best-preserved of the Buddhist caves at Karli is the Chaitya or great prayer hall.

Fergusson depicts a close-up view of the interior pillars divi... Read More
 11 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Pillars in Great Chaitya Cave, Kanheri - 1839

This is plate 14 from James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The Buddhist caves of Kanheri lie in forested hills north of Bombay. There are about 120 rock-cut caves on the site.

This colonnaded chaitya (prayer hall) date... Read More
 10 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
A woman milking a cow while a boy holds the calf
Painted on paper.
By Surendra Nath Kar
Bengal School
1920

Source: © Trustees of the British Museum Read More
 4 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Brahma Hides the Cowherds and the Calves in the Cave, page from a Bhagavata Purana
c. 1760-1765
India, Pahari Hills, Basholi School, 18th century
Ink and color on paper

Source: The Cleveland Museum of Art Read More
 4 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Krishna Summoning the Cows
c. 1780-1790
India, Pahari Hills, Bilaspur school, 18th century
Ink and color on paper

Source: The Cleveland Museum of Art Read More
 3 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Radha and Krishna
By Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Pakistan, 1897-1975)
Watercolour on paper

Abdur Rahman Chughtai is remembered today as possibly the most distinguished Pakistani artist of the 20th century. His work draws from a shared South Asian cultural heritage, and he was one of the few Pakistani... Read More
 3 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Love for Krishna
By Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Pakistan, 1897-1975)
Watercolour on paper

Abdur Rahman Chughtai is remembered today as possibly the most distinguished Pakistani artist of the 20th century. His work draws from a shared South Asian cultural heritage, and he was one of the few Pakistani ... Read More
 3 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Hiraman Tota
By Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Pakistan, 1897-1975)
Watercolour on paper

Abdur Rahman Chughtai is remembered today as possibly the most distinguished Pakistani artist of the 20th century. His work draws from a shared South Asian cultural heritage, and he was one of the few Pakistani arti... Read More
 3 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Radhika
By Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Pakistan, 1897-1975)
Watercolour on paper

Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1897–1975) was a painter and intellectual from Pakistan, who created his own unique, distinctive painting style influenced by Mughal art, miniature painting, Art Nouveau and Islamic art traditions.... Read More
 2 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Untitled (Radha and Krishna)
By Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Pakistan, 1897-1975)

Watercolour on paper
Signed in Urdu lower left, stamped on reverse

Although given the accolade of the national artist of Pakistan, Abdur Rahman Chughtai, created works of a shared national identity more reflective of a... Read More
 2 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Rama in Seeta Swayamwar
By Abdur Rahman Chughtai (Born 1894; died 1975)

Abdur Rahman Chughtai is remembered today as possibly the most distinguished Pakistani artist of the 20th century. His work draws from a shared South Asian cultural heritage, and he was one of the few Pakistani artists to be... Read More
 27 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
A Kangra school depiction of the 'Churning of the Ocean of Milk' with Vishnu seated on a pillar encircled by a giant snake pulled by crowds of devas and asuras.

Source: Bonhams Read More
 27 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
A folio from a Bhagavata Purana series: The Churning of the Ocean, or Vishnu as Kurma Avatar

Attributed to the first generation after Manaku and Nainsukh of Guler, circa 1780-90

Gouache and gold on paper, pink border with dark blue and gold margins, cover paper with numeral (37) in nagari scri... Read More
 27 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
Samudra Manthan scene with Vishnu as Kūrma; single-page painting mounted on an album folio. Central blue figure, Kurma, sits cross-legged on Mount Meru holding various items in each of his four hands. On the left stand the two devas, one a four-armed blue being with a spear and the other a four-a... Read More
 27 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
The Churning of the Ocean of Milk

Album leaf painting of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. Vishnu appears here at the base of the cosmic churning pole as the turtle Kūrma and also seated on top of Mount Mandara. The gods (to left) pull on the rope made of the serpent Vasuki, while demons pull o... Read More
 25 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
Opaque watercolour painting on European paper of a Muslim and his wife at worship. The mosque is the only drawing of a building in this album. It has two minarets, arched halls and niches in the walls. Opposite the mosque, an aged man with a flowing beard in green clothes kneels before a bookstan... Read More
 25 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper of a mendicant, possibly a Muslim dervish. The man is standing upright and holds a walking stick in his right hand. In his left hand he holds a large begging bowl. He wears a patchwork tunic which appears to have been repaired and a matching bag over his left shoulde... Read More
 25 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
Aurangzab's red sandstone mosque built on the site of an earlier temple of Keshava Deva - 1815

Watercolour of Aurangzeb's Idgah at Mathura from 'Views by Seeta Ram from Tughlikabad to Secundra Vol. VIII' produced for Lord Moira, afterwards the Marquess of Hastings, by Sita Ram between 1814-15. M... Read More
 25 Sep 2015 Rare Paintings
A panorama in 12 folds showing the procession of the Emperor Bahadur Shah to celebrate the feast of the 'Id - 1843

[From 'Reminiscences of Imperial Delhi’, an album consisting of 89 folios containing approximately 130 paintings of views of the Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments of Delhi, as well as... Read More