Lot 140
 

Centring on a carved emerald with a kundan-set diamond surround, further suspending spinel beads, to a surmount of six tiers of similarly set cluster of polki diamonds suspending spinel beads. The reverse is in red, green and white enamel on a gold ground.

Gross weight: 45.55 grams



Provenance: Property of a late Indian film actress

Meenakari refers to the technique of enamelling, which was widely practised during the time of Emperor Akbar, from the 16th through the 17th centuries. Contrary to the belief that it is a dying art, this style of enamelling is a widely practiced technique in India, with Jaipur being home to many enamelling workshops. However, this tradition was not indigenous to the subcontinent. According to historians, it was first introduced around the 13th century, through Punjab, and flourished under the reign of the Mughals, spreading to other locations from the royal ateliers. Benares (Varanasi), Jaipur, Lucknow, the Deccan, and Kangra in India, as well as Multan and Lahore in Pakistan, are famed for their enamelling techniques. In this tradition, even the reverse of an ornament was decorated with unmatched detail, most commonly with floral and foliate motifs including chrysanthemums, lotuses, poppy flowers and rosebuds. These would sometimes be interspersed with birds and animals, with gradations of colour in the designs enhancing each motif. Mughal, and later Basohli miniature paintings from the same region, incorporated similar floral motifs, seeking to recreate an equivalent of paradise.




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  Lot 140 of 174  

FINE JEWELS: ODE TO NATURE
15-16 OCTOBER 2019

Estimate
$2,860 - 5,715
Rs 2,00,000 - 4,00,000

Winning Bid
$2,891
Rs 2,02,400
(Inclusive of Buyer's Premium)










 



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