AstaGuru, the popular auction platform is organising an online auction on January 27th and 28th. Called Opulent Collectibles, it features 50 lots of carefully curated interior items from the 19th and 20th century. Apart from a couple of important Indian items, the catalogue also has items from France, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, and China.
The inventory has decor items that are good for indoor as well as outdoor spaces such as seating, desks, cabinets, antique Sèvres vases, Japanese Satsuma Vases, candelabrum’s by F. & C. Osler, chandeliers, vintage silver objects, marble sculptures, jade works and consoles. The stunning pieces are fine examples of exquisite artistry, craftsmanship and design sensibilities of diverse cultures and design movements across time.
Leading the sale is a large pair of Italian Cut and Beaded Glass Campana Urns on Mirrored Pedestals, circa mid-20th century, a magnificent and highly important lot originally from the personal collection of renowned jewellery designer Fred Leighton. Leighton was one of the most sought-after jewellery designers and a formidable fashion influencer in the US. His knowledge and understanding of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Victorian and Indian Mughal jewels earned him several accolades.
His creations were often donned by Sophia Loren, Miuccia Prada, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o, Patricia Arquette and Jennifer Lopez.
“India has a growing collector base of individuals who wish to own and invest in fine antique furniture and décor items that are steeped in history and value. By presenting this segment, we wish to cater to the diverse preferences of our clients by offering collectibles that are rare and of great quality,” says, Tushar Sethi, CEO, AstaGuru.
He adds that there is a huge demand for such objects among connoisseurs and interior designers who are looking to create spaces that not only speak of an individual, but also permeate with fine taste and sensibilities. “Each piece in the sale paints a compelling picture of design aesthetics from the 19th and 20th century and are in excellent condition,” Sethi said.
Here are a few amazing items on auction:
Lot 45: A large pair of rare jade Buddhist temple lions made of Nephrite Spinach Jade.
Estimated bid: Rs35 to 40 lakh
Lot 32: Floor candelabrum by F. & C. Osler, UK, originally from the Mysore Palace.
Estimated bid: Rs25 to 35 lakh
Lot 50: Italian-cut and beaded glass campana urn on mirrored pedestals. It comes in a pair.
Estimated bid: Rs1.2 crore to 1.5 crore
Lot 35: Cylindrical Japanese Satsuma Vase, which comes in a pair.
Estimated bid: Rs2.5 to 3.5 lakh
Lot 29: An important hallmarked silver candelabra, London, 1841.
Estimated bid: Rs 19 to 22 lakh
Lot 27: French Oak office desk with bronze mounts and wreaths below the keyholes.
Estimated bid: Rs3 to 4 lakh
Lot 28: A white ethos Carrara marble chest, which consists of five units and centrepiece of an eagle with scroll.
Estimated bid: Rs7 to 9 lakh
Lot 14: A French console table with mirrors.
Estimated bid: Rs 3 to 4 lakh
Lot 11: A French Empire style gilt bronze ormolu-mounted mahogany five-piece salon suite.
Estimated bid: Rs7 to 9 lakh
Lot 01: A French Louis XVI style grandfather clock with cherubs.
Estimated bid: Rs 10 to 12 lakh