Mallams’ Asian & Islamic Art sale crowned a success

14/05/2024    


 

Mallams’ first bi-annual Asian & Islamic Art sale of 2024 took place on Thursday the 9th of May at the Cheltenham saleroom. Preceded by a large amount of interest, enquiries and three busy days of viewing, the sale proved a success. 

One of the top-selling lots of the sale was lot 309, a 19th/early 20th-century Bengal School oil on canvas/cloth on a later board depicting Tantric Hindu goddess Tripurasundari, illustrated with a red complexion, and wearing a crown upon her head in the form of a crescent-shaped moon. The piece was formerly in the collection of the late Don Factor, art collector and was purchased in London in the 1970s. After a bidding battle between the internet and telephone lines, with an estimate of £400 to £600, the piece eventually sold to an international online bidder for £20,000.

Mallams was pleased to offer two further Bengal School paintings from this collection. This included the top performing lot of the sale, lot 308, another 19th/early 20th-century oil on canvas/cloth on a later board, this time depicting Kali, the Tantric goddess of destruction, crouching on her husband, the god Shiva. With an estimate of £400 to £700, the lot sold for £22,000 to an international online bidder. Lot 310, a final 19th/early 20th Century oil on canvas/cloth on a later board from this collection, estimated at £400 to £600, depicting the Tantric goddess Chinnamasta, clutching her severed head, her head drinking one of three streams of blood pouring from her neck, sold for £20,000 to an international online bidder.

Lot 399 was another top performer, an 18th/19th Century Chinese bronze censer, in the form of a central rectangular casket, with a pierced cover with dragons, clouds and dogs, flanked by two guardian figures, with a six-character mark to the base. There was a high amount of interest in the lot in the lead-up to the sale and many inspected the object during the viewing days. With an estimate of £400 to £700, the hammer went down at £17,500 to an international telephone bidder.

Mallams was pleased to offer numerous Japanese lots, including lot 394, a Meiji period metal and shakudo Kodansu cabinet on a dragon-carved hardwood base, in the form of a Buddhistic Shrine. The item attracted interest in the lead-up to the sale and many surveyed it during the viewing days. Estimated at £5,000 to £8,000, the lot sold for £12,000 to an online UK bidder.

The sale featured a selection of tiles, including lot 165, a large 19th Century Iranian polychrome Qajar tile, painted with four kneeling figures beneath birds in flight. With three telephone lines on the lot, it eventually sold for £4,400 to a UK telephone bidder.

Mallams was pleased to offer Vietnamese lots in this sale. This included lot 147, a late 13th/14th Century blue and white porcelain jar, painted with bands of fish and peonies. Formerly in the collection of the late Robert Hall (1951-2023), the jar was accompanied by a copy of an Oxford Authentication Ltd thermoluminescent test (14th July 2004). With an estimate of £300 to £400, the jar sold for £900 to an online UK bidder.

Mallams cataloguer Kitty Jones comments: ‘It was brilliant to see such great results achieved on the day of the sale. A particular highlight for me was watching the Bengal School paintings sell so well as I enjoyed cataloguing them and expanding my knowledge of Hinduism.’

The Cheltenham office is now accepting entries for the 6th of November Asian and Islamic Art sale (closing date 16th October). If you have items that you are considering selling at auction, please email cheltenham@mallams.co.uk or call 01242 235 712.

All prices above are subject to a 30% buyer’s premium (VAT inclusive).

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