Lot 233: STANDING LADY AND LOTUS BUDS
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Ivory. India, late Mughal Empire, 19th century
Elaborate and magnificent, truly unusual rendition in terms of style! The noble lady is shown standing on an oval base, decorated all around with a lotus border and further decorated with a wave pattern in the section below, the lady is carved with a tall and slender silhouette leaving the original curve from the ivory tooth, she is clad with a long skirt, richly bejeweled, slim waist and perfectly shaped breasts, the head is delicate and of elongated form, bearing large arched eyes, the nose decorated with a ring, ears bejeweled, one jewel hanging on the forehead - a truly noble lady, one of her hands is holding a headscarf while the other is grasping two lotus buds and hanging down loose, light floral decoration on the robe, mounted on a well suited wooden base. This depiction conveys a sense of unrepeatable decadence like it is for example known from Vienna around 1900. The last Mughal emperor of India was dismissed by the British in 1858, what put an end to the Mughal Empire.
HEIGHT (WITHOUT BASE) 31,6 CM, WITH BASE 38,1 CM
From a German private collection, afterwards collection Sohel Ch., New Delhi – Vienna
A noteworthy share of the antiques offered here – around 130 lots – originate from the Collection Sohel Ch., a successful business man from Delhi who spent many years in Vienna. The part of his collection, which we here offer, was mainly acquired in the art trade of Vienna. The chief reason for his collecting activity, which he perpetuated with considerable specialized knowledge, sense for quality and great committment, was to establish a private Asian museum in his native city of New Delhi. Because of severe illness, it was impossible for him to realize his plan and he thus decided to submit us the entire complex of his "Viennese collection" for sale.
來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏
這本圖錄所紀錄的藝術品的大部分（約130件）來自 Sohel Ch. 先生的舊藏。這位收藏家是個來自新德里的古董拒買，曾有數年住在維也納。這次所介紹的藝術品主要來自他的維也納分點。他數十年的努力，知識和質量敏感都曾進入他的收藏活動，結果之一為在其城市，新德里，收藏到了一個原來屬於私人亞洲美術館的收藏的全部藏品。很不幸的是這位收藏家最近生病極為嚴重，無法實現自己原來對藝術藏品的願望，結果把全部維也納分店的收藏提供給拍賣公司給以賣出。