The single-owner sale of one person’s collection, Jaleh Khosrovani-Diba, comprising a prestigious group of Indian miniatures by Mughal masters and fine paintings of the Rajasthani, Pahari and Company Schools, more than doubled pre-sale expectations with a total of £3,052,500 and over 87% of lots sold achieving in excess of their high estimates.
The auction was led by an elegantly coloured and lyrical depiction of Radha consoled by Krishna in a forest, an illustration of a romantic night scene from the "Lambagraon" Gita Govinda series, which sold for £353,000. Another outstanding result was a large and arresting study of a Stork eating a snail from the important Lady Impey Series, that was part of the estate of Jacqueline Kennedy when it was sold by Sotheby’s in 1996, which brought £245,000.
Sotheby’s is delighted to announce that on 19 October 2016 we will be selling a select group of paintings and works of art from the prestigious collection of Jaleh Khosrovani-Diba. Formed over four decades, the collection comprises predominantly Indian miniatures by Mughal masters as well as fine paintings and works of art of the Rajasthani, Pahari and Company Schools. Each work in the collection was chosen with an eye for quality, rarity and historical importance. Remarkably, the paintings have also remained in excellent condition, testimony to the care bestowed upon them by their recent owners as well as the technical excellence of the artists responsible for their creation.
Prominent within the selection is an album page featuring a Northern Goshawk attributed to Mihr Chand with Shah Jahan period floral borders. Dated to approximately 1770, this painting typifies the tradition of empirical naturalism developed by the Mughal masters in the 17th and 18th centuries. Formerly in the Collection of Edmond and Maurice de Rothschild, the work was last exhibited at Colnaghi’s in London in 1976. Another ornithological highlight is the Study of a Stork eating a Snail signed by Shaykh Zayn al-Din. From the celebrated ‘Impey Album’ of natural history paintings executed for Lady Impey in the late 18th century in Calcutta, this work is distinguished by its charming and characterful depiction and illustrious provenance, having previously been in the collection of Jacqueline Kennedy, whose series of sales in New York in 1996 marked a landmark moment in the history of Sotheby's.