Mumbai-based auction house AstaGuru is all set for the second edition of its ‘Opulent Collectibles’ which will take place on their online platform from January 27-28.
‘Opulent Collectibles’ is a display of craftsmanship from all across the world; putting history, heritage and elegance together. The collection includes rare antiques and collectibles from the 19th and 20th centuries, procured from regions including India, China, Japan, France, Italy and the UK.
Among the many lots, the upcoming auction comprises antique ceramics, furniture, crystal chandeliers, silverware, Persian carpets, and vintage clocks, to name a few.
One of the noteworthy collections include an impressive selection of objects from the Estate of The Late Muncherji N Cama. A director of India’s oldest running newspaper, Mumbai Samachar, and a former trustee of the Bombay Parsi Punchayat, Mr. Cama was a philanthropist and an appreciator of art. He was also a passionate collector with an impressive collection of antique relics.
Property from his estate including Anglo-Indian rosewood and fine teak wood furniture, antique ceramics and porcelain pieces, Victorian clocks, along with rare collectibles will be featured at the auction.
The auction includes a large collection of Anglo-Indian furniture. A combination of western aesthetics and Indian craftsmanship, Anglo-Indian furniture was crafted with exotic hardwood, rosewood, Sheesham and teak wood, which was then carved using detailed foliate designs.
Lot no. 143 is an exquisitely carved Rosewood Centre Table with a variegated white marble top. It will be offered for an estimate of ₹10, 00,000 – 12,00,000.
One of the best highlights of the auction is lot no. 154, a Royal Silver Mounted Sofa, circa early 20th century. Posing an example of the cultural fusion in colonial India, this exquisite piece of furniture represents the historic princely splendour of the bygone era. The back is centred by a figure of Lord Shiva seated on his tiger, with a serpentine shaped seat flanked on each side by a lion arm support. It will be offered with an estimate of ₹1 – 1.2 Crore.
The auction will also present a selection of Persian rugs exuding extraordinary beauty. Adored for their intricate craftsmanship, Persian rugs are authentic souvenirs of Iranian culture. The carpets are from the artistic canons of the Kerman region, located in the southeast region of Iran. The craftsmanship of the region’s weaver community has been hailed for centuries and has attracted appreciation from all corners of the globe.
An exceptional Kerman Wool Carpet created around 1940, Lot no. 69 features a continuous mirroring floral pattern. The carpet will be offered with an estimate of ₹30,00,000 – 32,00,000.
Another Kerman Wool Carpet with a large medallion design, lot no. 142, will be offered in the auction with an estimate of ₹19, 00,000 – 21, 00,000. The central panel of this exceptional carpet with intricate floral design terminates with a pinnacle dome motif.
Also part of the collection is an exciting fusion of Asian and western ceramics. Antique ceramics have a reputation of sophistication, with the added beauty and remarkable craftsmanship that can accentuate any given space. A primary catalyst in introducing the art and culture of the Far East to the western world, ceramic art from China and Japan are hallmarks of the understated elegance of the oriental cultures.
Lot no. 100 is a pair of large Cantonese Famille-rose vases to be offered at an estimate of ₹15, 00,000 – 18, 00,000. Famille Rose porcelains from China are considered timeless classics, and quite sought after for private collections.
Lot no. 139, a Large Imari Vase with multiple panels executed in a typical palette of bright colours including rust red, green, and gold with floral designs will be offered at an estimate of ₹10, 00,000 – 12, 00,000.
Lot no. 88 includes a pair of Satsuma Vases decorated on one side with rich-attired samurai warriors, and Japanese women in courtly attire on the other. It will be offered with an estimate of ₹8, 00,000 – 9,00,000.
The auction will also present a range of western ceramics from the artistic centres of the European continent – France, England, and Germany.
Lot no. 131 is an exquisite piece from Sèvres in France. A large royal blue porcelain vase with a lid, it features an opulent collection of exquisite paintings, with gold accents on the base and lid. It will be offered with an estimate of ₹9, 00,000 – 10, 00,000.
Creations from famed English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood also feature in the catalogue.
Dazzling crystal decorative items by renowned crystal maker F & C Osler is another key highlight of this auction. Established in Birmingham, UK, in 1807 by Thomas Osler, the company went on to become the foremost purveyors of monumental crystal and cut-glass objects to the magnum opus interior of various princely palaces of British India.
A three-tiered chandelier, lot no. 60 is a magnificent 24-light Crystal Chandelier from circa 1880 is with eight beautiful storm shades in a tassel setting interlinked by suspended Osler spear crystals and Osler beads. This lot will be offered at an estimate of ₹30,00,000 – 35,00,000.
Lot no. 115 features an exquisite Crystal Table made of solid crystal and decorated with 84 suspended Osler spear crystals. Created in circa 1880, the presented lot is a hallmark of the firm’s perfection over the ‘Brilliant-Cut Glass’ technique. It will be offered with an estimate of ₹16,00,000 – 18,00,000.
Other creations by F & C Osler include two large light floor candelabrums. A large 8 light floor candelabrum, lot no. 147, is estimated to be acquired at ₹15,00,000 – 18,00,000. The second one, lot no. 21, is a 5 light floor candelabrum that will be offered with an estimate of ₹11,00,000 – 13,00,000.
Completing the collection is a beautiful selection of fine hallmarked silver pieces retracing the deft metalworking in India and Europe during the Victorian era.
Lot no. 150, a polished hallmarked Victorian Silver Candelabra created by Edward Barnard and Son will be offered with an estimate of ₹10,00,000 – 12,00,000. A French oval-rounded silver jardinière from Gustave Keller, Paris will also be showcased. It will be offered with an estimate of ₹12,00,000 – 14,00,000.
Taking place from January 27-28, the auction will take place on AstaGuru’s websitewww.astaguru.com.