SHOWS, AUCTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
Frances Galloway at Leslie Feely Fine Art for Asia Week March 16-24: Indian Miniatures & Courtly Objects
The exhibition shows highlights from courtly India over a four hundred year period. This continent has always successfully adapted itself to its invaders, be they the early Sultanate rulers, the Mughals or the British. The art that was produced for these patrons of differing taste and background is often masterful and, despite foreign influences, the art remains quintessentially Indian.
During the British rule an extraordinary album of watercolours was produced for William and James Fraser in Delhi between 1815-1820. These paintings were
discovered in the late 1970s in Scotland and are now considered one of the finest groups of Company pictures yet known. Other pages from the Fraser Album are on display in the Asia Society Museum exhibition ‘Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707 – 1857’ (Feb 7th to May 6th).
Artists are rarely acknowledged in Indian painting, particularly Hindu paintings. A rare exception is the work of an master artist from Jammu, in today’s Punjab. Nainsukh of Guler produced a corpus of sensitive and intimate scenes of his patron, Balwant Singh of Jammu (1724-1763). In 1997 the Rietberg Museum in Zurich
produced an exhibition and monograph on Nainsukh’s work. The gallery are delighted to exhibit a new addition to this corpus – Balwant Singh, beautifully dressed with gold brocade hat lined in fur, in a tender moment with his children painted by Nainsukh around 1750.
The gallery will be bringing a group of Mughal ewers and pandans (special containers used to store betel nut or pan) some from the celebrated collection. These richly decorated objects with enamels and sometimes with precious stones were made for courtly use. Research into Indian enamelled objects is still in its early stages. The two pandans we bring to New York are important for their early date and rarity and for what they add to the study of this subject.
The gallery is known for outstanding Indian miniatures and Indian decorative arts. Francesca Galloway will be showing a fine example of Deccani portraiture during Asia Week New York, from the George P. Bickford collection. The exquisite watercolour and gold portrait of Sultan ‘Ali ‘Adil Shah II of Bijapur is dated from the 1670s, and is a delightful example of the subtle painterly skill of the region. 17th century Deccani paintings are highly desirable, particularly portraits, and this miniature has the added allure of a distinguished provenance.
Asia Week New York 2012 is a collaboration of Asian art specialists, 5 auction houses, 17 museums and Asian cultural institutions in the metropolitan New York
area from March 16-24, 2012. Auctions at Bonhams, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s as well as dozens of special events take place during the week. The Asia Society
Museum will show ‘Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi 1707-1857’, co-curated by William Dalrymple, and the Metropolitan Museum now has two galleries dedicated to Indian art as part of the new Islamic wing, which opened in October 2011.
For more information:
Leslie Feely Fine Art
33 East 68th Street, 5th Floor New York 10065