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Collectibles Antiques hosting second public auction of Indian antiquities on April 25th and 26th

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ectibles Antiques, a licensed antique dealer, is hosting its second public auction of Indian antiquities on April 25th and 26th. This unique online auction of antiquities and miniature paintings is powered by Saffronart, India’s leading auction house for art and collectibles, with Natesan's Antiqarts, Mumbai, as official consultants. The 24 hour online auction features 55 lots and will begin on April 25th, 2012 at 8:00 pm IST on www.saffronart.com

In December 2011, Collectibles Antiques hosted its first auction of Indian antiquities that centred on stone sculptures. This inaugural auction was a ’white glove’ sale with 100% of the lots on offer finding buyers. The second auction, scheduled for April 25-26 2012, features a wide range of antiquities, including miniature paintings, bronze statuettes, terracotta figurines, stones sculptures and wood dating from about 1500 B.C.E. to 1880 A.D., offering collectors an opportunity to acquire Indian antiquities across various mediums and timelines. 

Amongst the highlights of the auction is a 9th century stone sculpture from Nalanda depicting Buddha’s first sermon, estimated at Rs. 8,00,000 to Rs. 10,00,000. Created during the early reign of the Pala Dynasty, this sculpture represents the most important event in the life of Buddha as it shows the sermon he gave upon receiving enlightenment and travelling to Sarnath. There he sat in a deer park and gave his first sermon to a group of five rishis who were his companions during his earlier austerities. He thus set in motion the wheel of law or ‘dharma’. 

The auction also features a selection of miniature paintings in the most sought after styles, including works from the Mughal, Bikaner, Deccan, Jaipur, and Jodhpur schools. The highlights in this section of the sale include a splendid Kangra School Nayaka painting of Krishna yearning for his beloved (c. 1780-1790), a large and intricately detailed Mughal School portrait of Humayun (19th century), two oversize yet meticulously painted panels from the Jaipur School illustrating a battle from the epic Mahabharata (mid 19th century), and a fine Amer School Baramasa leaf (c. 1700-1725). 

This 24 hour online auction of Indian antiquities offers a selection of exquisite pieces, all registered with the Archaeological Survey of India and accompanied by a certificate listing their provenance. The lots in this sale are located in India and non-exportable. 

The total lower and higher estimates for the Indian Antiquities Auction are Rs. 1.5 crores and Rs. 1.9 croresrespectively. The sale will be accompanied by print and online catalogues with complete information including clear dating, identification of schools and periods, and detailed descriptions of each lot in a manner previously unseen in Indian antiquity catalogues. A preview and private viewings of the lots will be held in Mumbai. 

The sale will take place online on April 25-26, 2012. Collectors may place bids on Saffronart’s website, www.saffronart.com, or via Saffronart’s proprietary iPad, Blackberry and iPhone mobile applications. 

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