Imperial Treasures to showcase rare collectibles from19th & 20th century

 Imperial Treasures to showcase rare collectibles from19th & 20th century

Some of the pieces that are up for auction at Imperial Treasures

Team L&M

AstaGuru’s upcoming auction on August 12-13 titled ‘Imperial Treasures’ is showcasing an extraordinary assortment of antiques and rare collectibles from 19th and 20th century India, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom, among other places.

An ode to the rich design aesthetics and traditions from these disparate cultures, the curation steeped in maximalism includes ceramics, furniture, crystal chandeliers, fine silver, vintage clocks, and other decorative items.

Talking about the auction, Rushaad Dastur, Auction Specialist, AstaGuru Auction House, “The resounding success of ‘Imperial Treasures’ auction is a testament to the magnetic allure of fine antique décor items steeped in history.  The extraordinary collection for the upcoming auction offers a chance to own pieces that hold historical significance and artistic brilliance.”

The auction showcases an extraordinary selection of ornate vintage clocks. One of these, lot no. 20, is a majestic white onyx & gilt bronze pedestal clock designed in a neoclassical style. The front of the clock opens to showcase three shelves, the sides of the clock decorated with arched frames in ormolu.  This lot is offered with an estimate of INR 40,00,000 – 60,00,000. Another extraordinary timepiece, lot no. 37, is a large French Boulle clock named after the renowned French cabinet maker and artist André-Charles Boulle. An ornate foliate design decorates the sides, and ormolu mounts above the feet, front and top of the clock. It is estimated to be acquired at INR 14,00,000 – 20,00,000.

The auction also boasts a meticulously curated selection of vintage silver, each piece embodying a storied history and artistic brilliance. Lot no. 35 is a  large Art Deco silver trophy crafted in tapering form, with the two handles surmounted by eagles. Executed Circa 1920, it is estimated to be acquired at a value of INR 20, 00,000 – 25, 00,000.

Another important highlight of the auction is an exquisite pair of large marble lions executed in 1925 after great Neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova. Inspired by Canova’s plaster models that were gifted to Accademia delle Belle Arti, Venice in 1840, the pair of marble lions are depicted as majestic guardians, with a flowing mane, muscular structure and an intense gaze. This lot is estimated to be sold at INR 40,00,000 – 60,00,000.

Also included is an exceptional collection of vintage ceramics with intricate designs. Lot no. 5 is a large Naples Capodimonte Vase.  The body depicts a vivid foliage scene with people at work. Each handle features two faces on the base. This lot is estimated to be acquired at INR 8,00,000 – 10,00,000.


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