Our Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art auction on 6 October catered to the continued demand for good-quality artworks with a notable provenance, featuring an exciting and diverse selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture. Of the 111 lots offered, 73% found buyers and over 74% of lots met or exceeded their pre-sale estimates. The sale was led by a beautiful and rare self-portrait of Amrita Sher-Gil from the collection of the artist’s muse, lover, and artistic comrade Boris Taslitzky, which realised a total of £1,745,000, well above pre-sale expectations. Four artist records at auction were achieved, namely Nasreen Mohamedi, Gieve Patel, Gaganendranath Tagore and Prodosh Das Gupta.
Sotheby’s upcoming auction of Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art in London will cater to the continued demand for good-quality artworks with a notable provenance, featuring an exciting and diverse selection of paintings, drawings and sculpture. The sale will be led by a beautiful and rare self-portrait of Amrita Sher-Gil. This magnificent painting was kept in the collection of Sher-Gil’s fellow student at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Boris Taslitzky. The Franco-Russian artist was Sher-Gil’s muse, lover, and artistic comrade until they parted in 1934, one year after this painting was made.
Other highlights include a sublime cubist rendering of a thunderstorm titled Intangible Menace by Jehangir Sabavala, coming from the collection of Vijaya Lakshmi Nehru Pandit; a large scale depiction of Indian civilisations by Maqbool Fida Husain titled The Sixth Seal, previously from the collection of Chester and Davida Herwitz, along with magnificent paintings by the Bengali masters - Jogen Chowdhury and Gaganendranath Tagore. All artworks will be on view at Sotheby’s New Bond Street from Friday 2 October until Monday 5 October in advance of the auction.