The Collection of Indian and Persian Art belonging to the late scholar, curator and connoisseur Stuart Cary Welch was one of the greatest of its kind formed in recent times. The second part of the sale of this collection, "Arts of India", will take place at Sotheby's in London on Tuesday 31 May 2011. Comprising Rajput, later Mughal, Company School and Himalayan paintings, drawings and works of art, the sale contains many dramatic and exquisite works of great rarity, importance and quality, as well as a wide range of more affordable drawings, sketches and decorative arts from the 13th to the 20th century.
Among a host of highly important and rare items to be offered is a Mandala signed by Jasaraja Jirili and dated 1365 (lot 84). This exquisite Vasudhara Mandala was painted during the reign of the Nepalese Malla king Jayarjunadeva (r.1361-1382), and remains a document to the artistic genius that made Newar artists famed and sought-after throughout the Himalayan region, and as far afield as the Chinese imperial courts.
The figure in image A has been identified as Madanmohanji and not Shri Nathji
Please note that there are small tears to the upper corners of this work, these will be restored at Sotheby's expense following the sale.
This painting is a 20th-century copy of a copy by Kirpal Singh Shekhawat of a mural in the so-called Bharmal Chhatri at Amber, near Jaipur, Rajasthan. Kirpal Singh Shekhawat's copy was published in Khandalavala, K.,"Wall Paintings from Amber", Lalit Kala Series, No.13, New Delhi, 1974, Colour Plate III.
This group also includes a steel peacock finial of elongated form composed of a faceted and banded haft mounted with two thin blades spaced apart and pinned at the terminal of a stylised peacock's head form, India, 15th/16th century or later