Saffronart Winter Online Auction 2013


The Saffronart  Winter online auction will take place  on December 11-12, 2013

Viewings are possible till December 12.Between 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday and Sunday by appointment, at the following address:
Saffronart.Industry Manor, 3rd floor ,Appasaheb Marathe Marg,Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025

Preview and cocktails are on Thursday, December 5, 2013,7:30 p.m. onwards.RSVP, appointments, enquiries etc,are to be directed to or +91 (0) 22 2436 4113


The Navratnas

Old Masters Nabratnas 1Old Masters Nabratnas 2The Indira Gandhi government declared the nine artists above as Navratnas and deemed their works of art “national treasures” through a legislation passed in 1972.The Antiquities and Art Treasures Act specified that from the date of enactment of the law, the works of these artists — some of whom were active in the Indian independence movement as well — were not to be taken out of the country. Most of the works of these artists today are displayed at government-run art galleries in India while around 3,000 others are in private hands. Because of this legislation, very few of the works of art created by the Navaratnas — only those that had been bought by foreigners before the enactment of the law — could be displayed at galleries or put up for bidding at auctions abroad. This is why names such as Rabindranath Tagore and Nandlal Bose have not got the kind of exposure, particularly over the past three decades, that a Hussain or Mehta commands today. This also meant that while the best works of the younger generation of artists began to command their price in crores, the works of the Navaratnas — the few that have been traded or bid for — sold at a fraction of that. Read more of this post

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