Auction in Mumbai to feature objects from India’s Traditional folk and Tribal art

With its upcoming sale and auction Saffronart will try to venture into the depth and diversity of India's indigenous art traditions

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Mumbai, April 12, 2017: In a unique coming-together of interior decoration and India’s traditional folk and tribal art, a number of objects highlighting the country’s vast cultural history will go under the hammer at two of Saffornart’s upcoming online sales.

Distinct elements that bear testimony to the traditional beauty and craftsmanship of Indian folk art will be presented by ‘The Design Sale’ (April 18-19) and ‘Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art’ (April 19-20).

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According to Hugo Weihe, CEO of Saffronart, “With ‘Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art’ auction, we continue our efforts to establish and develop folk and tribal art as an important category at Saffronart. The lots on offer represent the depth and diversity of India’s indigenous art traditions.”

The ‘Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art’ sale will feature objects such as breastplates and masks, widely utilized as an important part of religious and social rituals and ceremonies.

An 18th-century bronze breastplate from Karnataka/ Kerala with subtly detailed cobras, estimated at Rs 12 15 lakhs, will lead the sale, mentioned PTI report.

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Weighe added, “Their significance in Indian customs goes back centuries. These traditions continue to inspire modern and contemporary artists in India and around the world, while offering collectors a chance to acquire an aspect of Indian culture that has long been overlooked.”

On the other hand, the ‘Design Sale’ will feature iconic modernist designs by visionaries like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and George Nakashima. A substantial collection of Art Deco furniture of the 1920s and 30s will be included as well.

Art Deco, first showcased in India by influential royal families, trade merchants and well travelled entrepreneurs who had seen it in Europe, brought new styles and ideas to Indian design.

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According to PTI reports, A set of two ‘Grass-Seated Chairs’ in sheesham with rope by George Nakashima is estimated at Rs 1.7 – 2.20 lakhs. The estimated price of a ‘Chandelier’ by Barovier & Toso in murano glass and brass is nearly Rs 5 – 7 lakhs.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang