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    Christiea��s brings four paintings to town ahead of their Indian Art Sale

    Christiea��s, the multinational art auction house, has something exciting in store for the citya��s art connoisseurs. As a prelude to their third annual Indian Art Sale in Mumbai, they are hosting a preview for a select few at the Taj Coromandel. Sonal Singh, the Mumbai head of department for South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art, says the strong collector base inA� the city put Chennai a�?on Christiea��s radara�?.

    For two hours, four paintingsA� from the art salea��an untitled acrylic on canvas by Tyeb Mehta, The Casuarina Line II by Jehangir Sabhvala, and 1two untitled oils on canvas by Majit Bawa and Hemendranath Mazumdara��will be on view. London-based William Robinson, the international head of world art, will also speak on Bikanera��s miniature paintings, as they will go on auction in Mumbai. a�?At the inaugural auction of Christiea��s in 2013, a Gaitonde was sold for Rs 23.7 crore and set a record then. This year, too, we hope the trend continues,a�? says Singh, adding that the highlight of the auction is the addition of Indian classical art work. a�?A natural progression led us to include this segmenta��consisting of bronze and stone sculptures, and miniature paintingsa��as we see increasing interest for it.a�?

    New trends
    Singh says they are seeing more people wanting to spend on art. a�?The lowest estimate for a work of art at the sale is Rs 1.5 to Rs 2 lakh, which makes for a good purchase for a starter. The highest is Rs 12-Rs 15 crore,a�? she says, explaining that many are collecting art as they want to bring classical work back to India. When it comes to emerging art, she says, a�?Ita��s certain centres like the Cholamandal Artistsa�� Village, Santiniketan inA� West Bengal, Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda that are creating interesting art.a�?

    Act two
    Christiea��s, headquartered in London, is nurturing the market through several initiatives as well. a�?We support The Aesthetics Project in Delhi, an annual forum for classical Indian art, and the Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh, a South Asian forum for contemporary Indian art.a�?
    Apart from Chennai, the preview is also going to be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. a�?In the near future, we plan to hold previews in Hyderabad and Bengaluru as well. Ita��s all about being inclusive,a�? she concludes.

    On December 6, at the Taj Coromandel. By invite only.

    Seema Rajpal

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