Sotheby's upcoming Indian and Southeast Asian sale presents a well-curated selection of Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian works of art, Indian miniature paintings and modern and contemporary art from the subcontinent, with a focus on property culled from important private collections.
The Works of Art section of the sale features Buddhist art of pan-Asian origin from the Francisco Capelo collection, which was originally intended to be housed in a museum. Also on offer are a group of fine and rare Southeast Asian bronze sculptures from a private collection. Amongst the paintings in the sale is a selection of Indian miniatures with a provenance going back to the 19th century, reputedly originally collected by Warren Hastings, the first Governor General of India. Finally, highlighting the modern and contemporary section is a group of early modern Indian paintings from the collection of Emmanuel Schlesinger; friend and mentor to the Progressive Artists Group and one of the earliest collectors of Modern Indian Art.