If the response to their preview in New Delhi is anything to go by, Saffronart’s upcoming auction is sure to attract Mumbai’s jet set too. After years of offering up Husains, Razas, Padamsees and the like, the company will now offer Picassos, Van Goghs, Warhols and Dalis among a lot of 73 works by 35 Impressionist and Modern Western artists.
The auction’s total estimate is a whopping Rs 16.5-21 crore. Prices start at Rs 75,000 and go up to an expected Rs 4-5 crore for the highest-priced painting, Vincent van Gogh’s L’allée aux deux promeneurs.
Says Nish Bhutani, COO, Saffronart, “Including Western art has always been part of our long-term mission. Over time, we wanted to offer works from various cultures, not just India. Now, since the art market has progressed and matured a little bit, the interest in global art has grown.”
Bhutani adds that client feedback has played a role too. “They’d expressed interest in being able to view and purchase these works in India. These are names that people have often read up, seen in museums abroad and just grown up with. So there’s already a certain level of familiarity.”
The auction will include works from the mid-19th to 20th century, and Bhutani claims that their selection of paintings, prints and even some sculptures, aims to best represent that period.
The sale will be held online on
on February 15 and 16. Previews and viewings are being held in Mumbai and New Delhi. Bids can also be placed via Saffronart’s iPad, Blackberry and iPhone applications.
L’allée aux deux promeneurs (Lane with Two Figures) It is one of the exceptional early landscapes by Vincent van Gogh. It was painted in the Dutch village of Neunen in 1885, where the 32-year-old artist had returned to live after studying in The Hague. This was a pivotal year for him, as he obsessively recorded his surroundings and the local farming community, culminating in masterpiece like The Potato Eaters.
Ceramics by Pablo Picasso
Limited edition prints by Joan Miró, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein.
Camille Pissarro’s Impressonist painting, Lisière du bois (Edge of the Wood)
Marc Chagall’s watercolour, L’Echelle au ciel (Ladder to the Sky)
Sculptures by Henry Moore, Lynn Chadwick