Roseberys embarks on first foray into Indian art June 29

Kotah School, circa 1840, a large Indian miniature painting, depicting a Maharaja hunting scene, opaque watercolor on paper, 73.2 x 96cm. Estimate: £4,000-6,000. Roseberys image

Kotah School, circa 1840, a large Indian miniature painting, depicting a Maharaja hunting scene, opaque watercolor on paper, 73.2 x 96cm. Estimate: £4,000-6,000. Roseberys image

LONDON – An important work by the Indian artist Jogen Chowdhury (b. 1939) will highlight Roseberys’ first specialist auction of Indian art on Monday, June 29. LiveAuctioneers.com will provide absentee and Internet live bidding.

Considered to be one of the most important Indian artists of the 21st century, Chowdhury’s ink on paper work titled Gandhiji depicts the political leader Mahatma Gandhi and is one of the most sought after contemporary pieces by this artist.

Jogen Chowdhury (Indian b. 1939-) ‘Gandhiji,’ brush and black ink on paper, signed and dated 2001 in blue pen, 35.5 x 28cm (unframed). Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Roseberys image

Jogen Chowdhury (Indian b. 1939-) ‘Gandhiji,’ brush and black ink on paper, signed and dated 2001 in blue pen, 35.5 x 28cm (unframed). Estimate: £5,000-£7,000. Roseberys image

The diverse auction is composed of Indian art from the 18th century to the modern day, and includes a selection of 89 18th and 19th century Indian miniature pictures by artists from some of India’s finest and most historic schools of art, including the Bundi, Kotah and Kangra schools.

A group of Indian tribal art provide some of the most interesting and rarely seen items in the sale, and are highlighted by works from artists belonging to the Warli tribe. The tribesman who inhabit the Maharashtra-Gujarat border and surrounding areas suggest that the tradition of their large scale tribal artwork dates back to 2500 or 3000 B.C.

Titled Childhood Memories, a large-scale painting by the acclaimed Warli Tribe artist, Jivya Soma Mashe, beautifully illustrates the repetitive patterns and symbolism found in Warli paintings.

Jivya Soma Mashe (Indian, Warli Tribe, b. 1934-) ‘Childhood Memories,’ cow dung and acrylic on canvas, signed, 170 x 170cm. Estimate: £6,000-£8,000. Roseberys image

Jivya Soma Mashe (Indian, Warli Tribe, b. 1934-) ‘Childhood Memories,’ cow dung and acrylic on canvas, signed, 170 x 170cm. Estimate: £6,000-£8,000. Roseberys image

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.