Prinseps, renowned for their online auction platform offering high end art and collectibles, are set to open the new culture season on a strong note, offering the auction of two rare estates as well as online gallery offering fixed prices sales featuring a range of luxury items across jewellery, carpets, Art Deco furniture, objet d’art and property, with prices ranging from 10 thousand rupees to 10 crore rupees. A key item of interest in the gallery is a 16ct antique cushion cut Burmese Ruby priced at 56 Lakh rupees (pictured below).
Prinseps will be returning to the auction market with offerings from the estates of Bhanu Athaiya and Atul Bose – in two separate online auctions. The auctions will be accompanied by introductory catalogue essays by India’s leading scholars and art historians – Ranjit Hoskote, writing on Bhanu Athaiya and Partha Mittar, writing on Atul Bose. The Bhanu Athaiya sale is particularly of note offering artworks which will be coming to auction for the first time in almost seventy years including Prayers (pictured page bellow) first exhibited in the 1953 group show of the Progressive Artists Group – Athaiya was the only woman artist among the Progressives. She went on to a prolific career as India’s premier costume designer (fashion illustration pictured below) and was the first Indian to win an Oscar for her work on Richard Attenborough’s iconic film Gandhi .
The sale of works by Atul Bose – an artist contemporary of Jamini Roy and Hemen Majumdar – will include lots that have never been offered in over fifty years to the market. A prolific landscape and portrait artist, Bose’s paintings find prized place in prestigious collections such as that of the Rashtrapti Bhavan in New Delhi.
Speaking about Prinseps’ upcoming calendar and the auction market in general during these difficult times Indrajit Chaterjee notes, “There is a belief that a purely online auction or may not
be that vibrant, however we believe the works in the two upcoming auctions will see both collector and museum interest – these are rare first time to market works from artists who are important contributors to both modernism and the art movement in India.
Prinseps was founded by Indrajit Chatterjee in 2017 as a research focused auction house. Having hosted six auctions to date Prinseps continues to foster research, curation, and further discovery within the Indian art world. Following their inaugural auction where Prinseps was entrusted with artworks from the estate of Rathindranath Tagore (son of Rabindranath Tagore), subsequent auctions have gone on to bring together the leading names in Indian modern and contemporary art, backed by strong provenances and publication details. Prinseps also specialise in offering rare collectables such as antiquarian books and premium Art Deco furniture.
The name Prinseps is both a reference to the Indian princely states and to James Prinsep, the founding editor of the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Best known for deciphering the Kharosthi and Brahmi scripts of ancient India, James Prinsep’s diligent documentation and illustration of aspects of Indian culture is reflected in Prinseps methodologies and processes.
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