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 29 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache and watercolour, Pot maker, Tanjore, ca. 1840 - ca. 1850

This painting provides a detailed depiction of
a potter’s workshop in Thanjavur. On the left a man is making domestic cooking stoves. In the centre two figures are increasing the size of the clay pots by beating them ... Read More
 29 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting; watercolour, a woman food-vendor serving two travellers, Patna, ca. 1826

Marks and inscriptions:
'Butiarnee. Traveller's cook.'
John Hall 1819 and C. Wilmot 1821

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 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Painting; gouache and watercolour, of three couples; toddy-tapper, buttermilk seller, basket-makers. Tanjore, ca. 1830

1. Toddy-tappers; the man carrying a jar and ladder, the woman a pot.
2. A buttermilk-seller and his wife; the woman carrying a pot and measure.
3. Basket-makers; the man ... Read More
 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour, a toddy-tapper at work, Patna, ca. 1805

The term ‘Company painting’ is given to pictures made by Indian artists for the British in India, particularly employees of the East India Company, the trading firm that by the 18th century had acquired a territorial empire in India. Most Co... Read More
 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour A toddy-tapper, Trichinopoly, ca. 1870

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 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Print in glass-fronted black frame of ten separate implements used in collecting Toddy. Sticker on glass front: 'Implements used in collecting "Toddy."'
In bottom right-hand corner of print: 'Reeve, Benham & Reeve, imp".

19th century
India

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 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Opaque watercolour painting on European paper of a toddy tapper and his wife. The man wears a turban and short lower garment, and holds with his left hand a Palmyra palm stem from which hang two clay pots, filled with palm juice, on his right shoulder. In his right hand he carries a knife. From h... Read More
 26 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Gouache painting on mica of wine waiter. The man is shown squatting on the floor whilst holding the two bottles in a basket which is filled with something, possibly water. He wears a long white tunic and a white hat with yellow shoes with up-turned toes. On the floor to his right is a small baske... Read More
 22 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Page from an album of sketches of costumes of South India (opaque watercolour with letterpress). Company School, on European paper watermarked Moreley & Saunders 1842 depicting Rayesr or ROWS. The man wears an elaborately draped dhoti, with a fan of pleats at the front. A shawl covers his chest o... Read More
 22 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Page from an album of sketches of costumes of South India (opaque watercolour with letterpress). Company School, on European paper watermarked Moreley & Saunders 1842 depicting NASSAURENES (SYRIAN CHRISTIANS). Man and wife are dressed in plain white clothes, offset by a thin red line at the edge.... Read More
 22 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Page from an album of sketches of costumes of South India (opaque watercolour with letterpress). Company School, on European paper watermarked Moreley & Saunders 1842 depicting JONAGUERS (JONAGAN). The bearded man wears a lungi tied at the waist by a sash. He is bare-chested and on his shaved hea... Read More
 22 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Page from an album of sketches of costumes of South India (opaque watercolour with letterpress). Company School, on European paper watermarked Moreley & Saunders 1842 depicting BRAHMINS. The man, with his hair gathered in kudumi at the back of his head, wears a dhoti and an angavastra. Across his... Read More
 14 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Games including chaupar, chess, cards and tric-trac.

Gentil; Manuscripts, Col J B J Gentil, Faizabad, ca. 1774.

Games, including chaupar, chess, cards, tric-trac, games with cowries, archery, dagger and sword play, exercises with Indian clubs, wrestling and athletics.

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 13 Dec 2013 Rare Paintings
Two Indian ladies wearing traditional muslim dress are seated on a yellow floor playing the traditional Indian board game Pachisi. Lucknow, ca.1815.

Watercolour

Marks and inscriptions:
'women playing at pacheesee'

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 20 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
Mausoleum of Salim Chisti, Fatehpur Sikri, ca.1835
Drawing; architectural, watercolour

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 19 Nov 2013 Rare Paintings
A party of horse merchants from Cabool and Persia.

Gouache painting on paper of a group of horse merchants from Kabul and Persia. Twelve men are shown seated on a carpet and one man is shown standing. The standing figure to the left of the page holds a sword at his waist. Below this figure, se... Read More
 26 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
Watercolour painting on paper, of the Taj Mahal. The painting shows the Taj Mahal to the east when standing in front of the mosque. In the far distance on the left hand side of the painting is the Yamuna River and behind the Taj Mahal, the 'jawab' or guest house is just visible. The focus of the ... Read More
 13 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
Album of popular prints mounted on cloth pages. Colour lithograph, lettered, inscribed and numbered 28. The goddess Jagadhatri is seen complete with all her iconographical signs: her four hands display a conch, a discus, a shaft, and a bow. She is portrayed upon her lion mount; the lion is astrid... Read More
 13 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
Gouache painting on paper from a portfolio of sixty-three paintings of deities and daily life. Durgā, of green complexion and with eight arms, rides on her vehicle. Although the body of the animal is similar to that of a large feline, its head with round, bulging eyes, beak-like nose, curly ruffl... Read More
 13 Oct 2013 Rare Paintings
Gouache painting on paper of a market stall selling models of religious and everyday life themes. The trader is shown seated on the first tier of the stall. She wears a green sari with a yellow blouse and the pallu (headpiece of the sari) covers her head and shoulders. She wears a large amount of... Read More