Thursday, 13 July 2017

Maqbool Fida Husain : Varanasi : Arts and Crafts Company : Global Works of Art


MAQBOOL FIDA HUSAIN
(India, 1913 - 2011).

Varanasi.

Serigraph on archival paper.
Date 1973.
Hand signed by M F Husain and signed in the work.
Unframed (with black card mount).

Signed, titled and dated "Varanasi 25 II '73" (25 February 1973) lower right; from a limited edition of 150 and numbered 143/150' lower left; later hand signed and dedicated again by M F Husain "Husain 12 X '004" (12 December 2004) lower right.


Image 72 cms x 49 cms approx. (inside mount measurement).

Maqbool Fida Husain
(17 September 1915 – 9 June 2011) (Urdu: مقبول فدا حسین ‎) commonly known as MF Husain, was a modern Indian painter of international acclaim, and a founding member of The Progressive Artists Group of Bombay (PAG).

Husain was associated with Indian modernism in the 1940s. His early association with the Progressive Artist's Group, or "PAG of Bombay" used modern technique, and was inspired by the "new" India after The Partition of 1947. His narrative paintings, executed in a modified Cubist style. His themes sometimes treated in a series include topics as diverse as Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the British Raj, and motifs of Indian urban and rural life. Early in his painting career, and until his death, he enjoyed depicting the lively and free spirit of horses in many of his works. Often referred to as the "Picasso of India", M.F. Husain is the most celebrated and internationally recognized Indian artist of the 20th century. Husain is primarily known for his paintings, but is also known for his drawings and his work as a print maker, photographer, and film maker.

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Khmer Cambodia Bronze Singa 12th Century Angkor Wat Style (1100-1175) : Arts and Crafts Company

 
Khmer Cambodia
Bronze Singa
(Guardian Lion)
12th Century
Angkor Wat Style
(1100-1175)

Height 41 cms
Width 20 cms
Depth 20 cms
Weight 8 Kgs

In Cambodia statues of lions (singa) flank the temple gates or access roads and are commonly found at the temple of Angkor. Bakong, a stepped pyramid Hindu temple from earlier period also display lion statues as guardians of each stages on each of the cardinal points. Khmer lion guardian statues are commonly found in Angkor Wat, Bayon, Pre Rup and Srah Srang. Just like ancient Java, the depiction of lion in ancient Khmer art is not in naturalistic style, more like a symbolic mythical animal derived from Indian Hindu-Buddhist art. The royal emblem of Cambodia depicting a pair of guardian animals gajasinga (hybrid of elephant and lion) and singa (lion).

Guardian Lions (singa) from the Malay word "singa" meaning Lion, flanked the main approaches to the sanctuary of most Khmer temples and were also placed along the stairways and on terraces. The lion, representing royalty, strength, and courage, was the personal symbol of the Khmer Kings, who were also believed to be gods. Therefore, the lion as guardian of the sacred precinct suggested the ability to ward off evil through both divine and royal protection.

Angkor Wat was the state temple and mausoleum of Suryavarman II (1113 AD to 1145-1150 AD). It was dedicated to the God Vishnu, which is the probable reason for its (unusual) orientation to the West. Today, it has lost its Hindu association in the minds of most, and has become an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

Angkor Wat is without doubt the most important monument of the Khmer Empire. Its immense scale alone demands attention, but this coupled with its artistic precision and historic significance make it one of the great wonders of the world. Its image--to Cambodians and foreigners alike--is synonymous with the country today, and has graced every flag in Cambodia's history.

Nothing embodies Cambodia's history more than Angkor Wat, which was built by Suryavarman II. Construction--which took thirty years--was not completed until after his death, and the temple appears to have been both his state temple and mausoleum. It was also the capital of the Khmer Empire, which reached its height under his rule.

Almost nine centuries after its construction, Angkor Wat remains one of the world's largest religious monuments. Like so many of the Khmer temples, it is a representation of Mt. Meru. Unlike most of the temples at Angkor, however, it is oriented towards the west, probably due to its association with Vishnu. Its outer perimeter is marked by a moat 200 m wide that stretches a kilometer and a half north to south, and nearly that distance east to west. A stone causeway crosses this moat on the western side, the principal entrance, meeting the outer laterite enclosure wall in a grand gopura.

Another stone causeway leads from this gopura to the temple itself, which is effectually a pyramid of three levels, each with a concentric gallery, four corner towers, and four gopuras at the cardinal points. The summit is crowned with five towers, each meant to imitate the silhouette of a lotus bud. The sheer size of the monument makes the layout difficult to discern from the ground. The central tower of Angkor Wat reaches a height of 65 meters, dwarfing the cathedrals being built at the same time in Europe.

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

Stephen Sheppard joins Trinity House Paintings : London : The Cotswolds : New York


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Established in 2006 by Steven Beale, Trinity House has become a major source for fine art in the United Kingdom and global art world. Originating in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Broadway, Trinity House expanded into Mayfair, London in 2009, and in 2011 opened their third gallery in Manhattan, New York. Having these three locations, in addition to exhibiting at the major international art fairs in Europe and the United States has allowed Trinity House to have personal relationships with their clients across the globe.

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Friday, 28 April 2017

12thC / 13thC Gilded Copper Amitābha Buddha, Tibet : Arts and Crafts Company.


Gilded Copper Amitābha Buddha, Tibet.
銅鎏金無量壽佛坐像, 西藏 
  
Approximate Period: 
12th - 13th Century.  
Height: 26.0 cms.  Length: 20.5 cms.  Width: 16.0 cms. 
Condition Report:  Extremely well preserved.

This is a rare well-preserved gilded copper Amitābha Buddha, dates from the period circa 12th – 13th century and originates from Tibet. A similar Asian work of art has not appeared in any auctions or private sales which demonstrates the uniqueness of this particular Asian work of art.

The hat placed above the head comprises of the traditional Tibetan lotus flower at the centre, with smaller variations throughout. The seated figures right hand holds the sacred longevity bottle, with the left hand holding a casting folk. The proportion of the lotus base, body of the figure, and the head of the Buddha are all in the right dimensions and sizes, demonstrating the detailed craftsmanship and spiritual devotion of the lama in that era.

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Ming Dynasty Chenghua (1465 - 1487) Imperial Vase : Arts and Crafts Company.

Ming Dynasty Chenghua (1465 - 1487) Imperial Vase.
 
Chenghua six character under glaze blue mark and of the period.
 
明代成華(1465 - 1487年)皇家花瓶

This fine and rare Imperial Vase was made in China in Jiangxi Province during the Ming period (1368-1644) in the reign of Emperor Chenghua (1465 - 1487). Noted for their very thin translucent porcelain bodies and elegant shapes, porcelains made during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor are ranked among the finest examples of imperial Chinese porcelain wares. This mark and period masterpiece of Chinese porcelain displays a very high level of technical achievement and imperial quality craftsmanship, much admired by collectors worldwide.

Dimensions:
Height 19.8 cms, Diameter 7.6 cms. Weight 658g.

Condition Report:
Commensurate with age.

Provenance: Chinese Foundation Provenance (Canada):


 
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Vaiśravaṇa (Bishamon-ten) Guardian Lokapāla : Arts and Crafts Company.


Vaiśravaṇa (Bishamon-ten)
Guardian Lokapāla
China
Tang Dynasty
619 - 907
Height 90 cms.
Provenance: Private Collection since 1970's.

 
 
Deities, protectors of Buddhism, who guard each of the four directions of the compass from harmful and dangerous influences. Originally from India, the Directional Guardians were transmitted to China during the Tang Dynasty (about 600 AD), and from thence to Tibet, Korea, and Japan. The Guardians appear in paintings, such as mandalas, and especially in temple sculptures, where they usually surround and protect a central Buddha image.

North - Bishamon-ten
South  - Zocho-ten
East  - Jikoku-ten
West  - Komoku-ten

Vaiśravaṇa (Sanskrit) or Vessavaṇa (Pali; Tibetan: རྣམ་ཐོས་སྲས་, Lhasa dialect IPA: Namtösé, Bishamon-ten (毘沙門天), is the name of one of the Four Heavenly Kings. He is considered the "chief" of the Four Kings and an important figure on his own in Buddhism in Japan.

In Tibet, Vaiśravaṇa is considered a lokapāla or dharmapāla in the retinue of Ratnasambhava. He is also known as the King of the North. As guardian of the North, he is often depicted on temple murals outside the main door. He is also thought of as a god of wealth. As such, Vaiśravaṇa is sometimes portrayed carrying a citron, the fruit of the jambhara tree, a pun on another name of his, Jambhala. The fruit helps distinguish him ironically from depictions of Kuvera. He is sometimes represented as corpulent and covered with jewels. When shown seated, his right foot is generally pendant and supported by a lotus-flower on which is a conch shell. His mount is a snow lion. Tibetan Buddhists consider Jambhala's sentiment regarding wealth to be providing freedom by way of bestowing prosperity, so that one may focus on the path or spirituality rather than on the materiality and temporary state of wealth.

In Japan Tamonten / Bishamon-ten, Guardian of the North, is one of the Shitennō or Guardians of the Four Directions. Tamonten and Kōmokuten (Guardian of the West) are the only two Shitennō depicted in the Daibutsuden.
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Thursday, 16 March 2017

J A Lalkaka (India, b1908) Portrait artist to His Majesty King George V : Arts and Crafts Company.

J A Lalkaka (India, b1908) Portrait artist to His Majesty King George V.
Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Mary
Consort of King George V
Oil on Canvas.

Dimensions:
  5 feet x 3 feet.
 

Condition Report: Good minor surface wear and marks, gilt framed, would require cleaning commensurate with age.

JA Lalkaka was an artist of repute in colonial India, the first Indian deputy director of Sir JJ School of Art he painted the portrait of King George V that now hangs at Buckingham Palace. Arts and Crafts Company are honoured in presenting two portraits of Her Majesty Queen Mary.

J A LALKAKA:

Born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in1908. Travelled to Europe for higher education sent by his grandfather Sir Navroji Vakil.
1913 Sets up a studio at Chowpatty after returning from Europe.
1930 Commissioned by Govt. of India along with Atul Bose to paint royal portraits from the originals in London, for Viceroys House, now Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, New Delhi. He painted the portrait of King George V, which is hanging at Buckingham Palace, London.
1931-33 Chairman, Board of Examiners, J.J. School of Art, Bombay. 1948 Vice-President, Diamond Jubilee Exhb., Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
1952, 1952-53, 57-58, 1958-59, 60, 61, 62 Vice-President, Annual Exhb., Bombay Art Society, Bombay.

EDUCATION
  • Educated at Ahmedabad High School, Ahmedabad and Elphistone College, Bombay.
  • 1903-07 Studied at J.J. School of Art, Bombay.
  • 1908-13 Joined St. Johns Wood and Westminster School of Art, London and studied portrait painting under artist A. Stanhope, Paris.
EXHIBITIONS
  • Group Exhb., Delhi Fine Arts Exhb. Society, New Delhi.
  • 1936, 40, 44 Annual Exhb., Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • 2005 Manifestations III, organised by Delhi Art Gallery, Nehru Center, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi.
COLLECTION
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
  • Bombay Art Society, Mumbai.
  • Buckingham Palace, London.
  • Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi.
AWARDS
  • His painted Royal portraits were much appreciated by the Viceroy and Lady Irwin, London.
  • 1931 Reception was organised on his return from England by the members of Art Society of India, Society's Hall, Girgaum.
  • 1931-33 First Indian to be appointed as Deputy Director, J.J. School of Art, by Govt. of Bombay, Bombay.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
  • Dean, J.J. School of Art, Bombay.
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