For enthusiasts of beautiful furniture, this week Sotheby’s auction features some of the most celebrated pieces of ANGLO-INDIAN CARVED AND PARCEL-GILT IVORY furniture ever made in India. Made in Murshidabad in the late 18th Century, from solid ivory, the two pairs of chairs and settee were once part of a suite of furniture commissioned by the Mani Begum – widow of Mir Jafar, Nawab of Murshidad- for Warren Hastings, Governor General of Bengal.
The items represent a rare opportunity to acquire an exquisite example of the very best decorative arts from the Indian Subcontinent, showing the cross cultural fertilization of that historical period and an important document of the diplomatic relations between Indian rulers and the British Empire. It is of course a rare opportunity for connoisseurs to collect and preserve what are truly important and much published and lauded pieces fit for a museum or a palace.
Sotheby’s- A Connoisseur’s Collection auction on 4th December in London.
Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, India’s leading couturier, completed 27 years in Design this year.It has been a unique journey for them, that has seen them revive and re-fashion India’s magnificent Design Legacy, reinvent it with their own creativity and establish themselves as the Vanguard of the Indian Fashion Industry. This Journey has been chronicled and celebrated in the form of two coffee table books-one on Fashion and fashion detail and the other on Interior Design. ‘INDIA FANTASTIQUE’, published by Thames & Hudson, is written by the much respected Art critic and curator, Gayatri Sinha and shot by acclaimed photographers, Ram Shergill (for Fashion) and Deidi Von Schaewen (for Interiors). Magnificently produced, it is a lush insight into the Fashion, Interiors and Art created by Abu and Sandeep. It is above all an Ode to India, their Eternal Muse.The books were realised in the most exquisite locations across the globe, including Death Valley and Las Vegas in the USA, London, Bath and Brighton in England, Morocco and Mumbai, Jaipur, Delhi and Udaipur in India.