In October 2013, Sotheby’s Middle East department held its first ever Art of Imperial India auction in London, featuring jewelled treasures from the courts of India, rare miniatures and paintings, and a selection of arms and armour related to Tipu Sultan, the infamous and eccentric 18th-century ruler of Mysore.
An exceptional 18th-century diamond-set and enamelled gold paandan from North India sold for a very impressive £662,500, more than triple the low estimate, making it the top lot of the week for a decorative object. A gold and enamelled diamond-set sarpeche sold for £74,500, doubling its low estimate, and a wonderfully expressive tiger head on a sword hilt, once owned by the ‘Tiger of Mysore’ Tipu Sultan, sold for £98,500.
This autumn Sotheby’s will be holding a special auction of Indian art in London entitled Art of Imperial India, on 9 October 2013. The auction will offer collectors high-quality and beautiful paintings, as well as objects, textiles, weaponry and other luxurious works of art from the courts of the Indian subcontinent. Executed in beautiful colour and detail, a fabulous and large Pahari painting depicts the coronation of Rama, whilst an exceptional diamond-set and enamelled gold casket and tray show off the captivating skills of India’s imperial Mughal jewellers. The sale will also include a number of lots relating to the south Indian ruler Tipu Sultan (d.1799), known as the ‘Tiger of Mysore’.