Prinseps


Rathindranath Tagore

Prinseps is pleased to present for the first time in auctions, art works by Rathindranath Tagore, an artist par-excellence and of extreme historical importance.
This would be a one-time opportunity to acquire rare works by the artist which have been with his family for over fifty years and come with an impeccable provenance. Read More

Estate of Jamini Roy

Prinseps is pleased to present two early and rare works of Jamini Roy - a superb Tempera on Cloth Circa 1930 and a street scene Circa 1940 depicting Jamini Roy's erstwhile residence in North Calcutta. Read More

Akbar Padamsee

Prinseps presents two interesting works by Akbar Padamsee in its upcoming Autumn auction. Read More

Francis Newton Souza

Prinseps presents two important works by Francis Newton Souza in our upcoming Autumn auction. Read More

Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal

A work executed in 1941 by B.C.Sanyal, the founder of the Delhi Shilpi Chakra. Read More

Somnath Hore

Somnath Hore sculptures are rare ! Read More

Prodosh Dasgupta

A masterpiece from 1972 by Prodosh Dasgupta, the founder of the Calcutta group Read More

Bimal Dasgupta

A superb landscape - a rare early work in oil from 1961 by Bimal Dasgupta Read More

Maqbool Fida Husain

An extremely rare and early work by Maqbool Fida Husain. Superb, and possibly unique with other examples so far not seen in the public domain. Read More

Himmat Shah

Showcasing two early works of the artist, Himmat Shah. First an impossible to obtain collage from 1968. The second a terracota work with gold leaf, a photo of the artist - an important work that adorns the inside cover of his "Terracota" book. Read More

Krishen Khanna

An early and rarely seen abstract work by Krishen Khanna. Read More

Sankho Chowdhury

Sankho Chowdhury was one of the formative influences in the changing horizon of modern Indian sculpture. Under the tutelage of Ramkinkar Baij, at Kala Bhavan Santiniketan, Chowdhury’s experiment with material and process paved an unending scope of introducing unconventional mediums in to the field, which from nineteenth century onwards, was dominated by western classical modeling methods. He rigorously experimented with cement, wood, metal, plaster, stucco, welding, aluminium sheets etc., indicating the turn of time and industry, remarkably expanding the material orientation of modern Indian sculpture. Read More

K G Subramanyan

“An enlightened eclecticism, Subramanyan believes, is the appropriate mode for creativity in a plural world, and only an advantageous eclecticism can keep the world plural. His own work done in a number of different mediums, with its many layers of subversive play, wit and irony is an exemplary demonstration of this... Read More

Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita is still the legend she was. She died young. No woman painter since her time was so beautiful as she was or has created such handsom work. She is still a legend ... Read More

Subodh & Bharti

The Surrealists had Ernst and Tanning. The Abstract Expressionists had Pollock and Krasner. And contemporary Indian art has its own power pair: Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta. The British-born Kher met Gupta on an intended brief trip to New Delhi after she finished art school; they immediately fell in love and she has lived in India ever since. Both artists—she known for her installations full of swirling bindis (a Hindu symbol of wisdom and energy), he for his sublime constructions of everyday objects—cite each other as decisive factors in their artistic success and continuing mutual influences. Read More

Ghulam Rasool Santosh

Ghulam Rasool Santosh was a part of the Progressive Artist Association in Srinagar and later trained under N.S. Bendre at Baroda University. It is said that Santosh's yatra to Amarnath in the 60's gave him a new language , a new poetry in his art - that of tantra. He continued with his explorations in tantric art till the nineties. The canvas below is from his earlier abstraction period and therefore scarce ! Read More

Santiniketan

A portfolio of photographs from Santiniketan Read More

Abanindranath Tagore

By about 1900, Abanindranath Tagore seemed to have decisively turned his back on the practice of life study, outdoor sketches, oil painting and realistic mythological compositions of the 'Ravi Varma' kind, to gradually proceed towards the mastery of what he would connote as his "Indian-Style" of painting.
Thus began the movement of indigenous modernism ! Read More

SUHAS ROY

The study of nature , straightforward yet poetic, brought Suhas Roy considerable fame at his time. Read More

A RAMACHANDRAN

Before Ramachandran embarks on a painting, he makes scores of sketches and dozens of coloured drawings. So the image is evolved, not by accident, but a long process of seeing, internalizing and recording the diverse elements of the landscape... Read More

THOTA VAIKUNTAM

Vaikuntam paints colorful and elaborately dressed Telangana region men and seductive women. His muse is the sensuous and voluptuous women of Telangana with their omnipresent vermilion bindis, draped in colourful sarees that highlight their dusky skin.(Wikipedia) Read More

K.S.KULKARNI

An early figurative work by Krishna Shamrao Kulkarni, a founding member of the Delhi Shilpi Chakra, an early post-independence artist collective. Read More

Prosanto Roy

Prosanto Roy was a student at Kala Bhavana in the late 1920s and then he also taught there, along with Ramkinker Baij and others. Read More

Dhiren Deb Burman

An early student of Abanindranath Tagore, Dhirendra Deb Burman studied in Santiniketan under Nandalal Bose. One of the four artists from Santiniketan commissioned by Sir William Rothenstein to create the murals at the India House in Aldwych, London. Read More

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru - An Autobiography

signatured by Jawaharlal Nehru

Balaichand Mukhopadhyay

Bonophul er Aro Golpo (Bengali)

signatured by author as gift to Rabindranath Tagore

Genesis of the name

The name Prinseps stems from two parallel tracks - both bearing immense significance to Indian history (and therefore to collectibles) . The first being .. Read More

The Design Philosophy

The design elements chosen for Prinseps relies heavily on the genesis of its name. The design is therefore heavily inspired by the history surrounding the name, by antiquities, and by the Brahmi script. Read More

Is Art An Asset?

There is little doubt that Art is an investment asset ! It has been further argued that Art is also an "alternative" asset - implying that it's returns have low correlation with the stock markets and therefore if included in one's investment portfolio improves the risk-reward profile. Read More

When Was Modernism

"When Was Modernism" - a topic that is always up for debate. It is generally acknowledged that modernism in European art begins with Cezanne/Picasso. Read More

Director's Note

Research and Passion - are the two words I will use to summarize the principles and reasons behind Prinseps Read More

Rathindranath Tagore

Prinseps is pleased to present for the first time in auctions, art works by Rathindranath Tagore, an artist par-excellence and of extreme historical importance.
This would be a one-time opportunity to acquire rare works by the artist which have been with his family for over fifty years and come with an impeccable provenance. Read More

Estate of Jamini Roy

Prinseps is pleased to present two early and rare works of Jamini Roy - a superb Tempera on Cloth Circa 1930 and a street scene Circa 1940 depicting Jamini Roy's erstwhile residence in North Calcutta. Read More

Featured Lots - Upcoming Auctions

Akbar Padamsee

Prinseps presents two interesting works by Akbar Padamsee in its upcoming Autumn auction. Read More

Francis Newton Souza

Prinseps presents two important works by Francis Newton Souza in our upcoming Autumn auction. Read More

Bhabesh Chandra Sanyal

A work executed in 1941 by B.C.Sanyal, the founder of the Delhi Shilpi Chakra. Read More

Somnath Hore

Somnath Hore sculptures are rare ! Read More

Prodosh Dasgupta

A masterpiece from 1972 by Prodosh Dasgupta, the founder of the Calcutta group Read More

Bimal Dasgupta

A superb landscape - a rare early work in oil from 1961 by Bimal Dasgupta Read More

Maqbool Fida Husain

An extremely rare and early work by Maqbool Fida Husain. Superb, and possibly unique with other examples so far not seen in the public domain. Read More

Himmat Shah

Showcasing two early works of the artist, Himmat Shah. First an impossible to obtain collage from 1968. The second a terracota work with gold leaf, a photo of the artist - an important work that adorns the inside cover of his "Terracota" book. Read More

Krishen Khanna

An early and rarely seen abstract work by Krishen Khanna. Read More

Sankho Chowdhury

Sankho Chowdhury was one of the formative influences in the changing horizon of modern Indian sculpture. Under the tutelage of Ramkinkar Baij, at Kala Bhavan Santiniketan, Chowdhury’s experiment with material and process paved an unending scope of introducing unconventional mediums in to the field, which from nineteenth century onwards, was dominated by western classical modeling methods. He rigorously experimented with cement, wood, metal, plaster, stucco, welding, aluminium sheets etc., indicating the turn of time and industry, remarkably expanding the material orientation of modern Indian sculpture. Read More

K G Subramanyan

“An enlightened eclecticism, Subramanyan believes, is the appropriate mode for creativity in a plural world, and only an advantageous eclecticism can keep the world plural. His own work done in a number of different mediums, with its many layers of subversive play, wit and irony is an exemplary demonstration of this... Read More

Amrita Sher-Gil

Amrita is still the legend she was. She died young. No woman painter since her time was so beautiful as she was or has created such handsom work. She is still a legend ... Read More

Subodh & Bharti

The Surrealists had Ernst and Tanning. The Abstract Expressionists had Pollock and Krasner. And contemporary Indian art has its own power pair: Bharti Kher and Subodh Gupta. The British-born Kher met Gupta on an intended brief trip to New Delhi after she finished art school; they immediately fell in love and she has lived in India ever since. Both artists—she known for her installations full of swirling bindis (a Hindu symbol of wisdom and energy), he for his sublime constructions of everyday objects—cite each other as decisive factors in their artistic success and continuing mutual influences. Read More

Ghulam Rasool Santosh

Ghulam Rasool Santosh was a part of the Progressive Artist Association in Srinagar and later trained under N.S. Bendre at Baroda University. It is said that Santosh's yatra to Amarnath in the 60's gave him a new language , a new poetry in his art - that of tantra. He continued with his explorations in tantric art till the nineties. The canvas below is from his earlier abstraction period and therefore scarce ! Read More

Santiniketan

A portfolio of photographs from Santiniketan Read More

Abanindranath Tagore

By about 1900, Abanindranath Tagore seemed to have decisively turned his back on the practice of life study, outdoor sketches, oil painting and realistic mythological compositions of the 'Ravi Varma' kind, to gradually proceed towards the mastery of what he would connote as his "Indian-Style" of painting.
Thus began the movement of indigenous modernism ! Read More

SUHAS ROY

The study of nature , straightforward yet poetic, brought Suhas Roy considerable fame at his time. Read More

A RAMACHANDRAN

Before Ramachandran embarks on a painting, he makes scores of sketches and dozens of coloured drawings. So the image is evolved, not by accident, but a long process of seeing, internalizing and recording the diverse elements of the landscape... Read More

THOTA VAIKUNTAM

Vaikuntam paints colorful and elaborately dressed Telangana region men and seductive women. His muse is the sensuous and voluptuous women of Telangana with their omnipresent vermilion bindis, draped in colourful sarees that highlight their dusky skin.(Wikipedia) Read More

K.S.KULKARNI

An early figurative work by Krishna Shamrao Kulkarni, a founding member of the Delhi Shilpi Chakra, an early post-independence artist collective. Read More

Prosanto Roy

Prosanto Roy was a student at Kala Bhavana in the late 1920s and then he also taught there, along with Ramkinker Baij and others. Read More

Dhiren Deb Burman

An early student of Abanindranath Tagore, Dhirendra Deb Burman studied in Santiniketan under Nandalal Bose. One of the four artists from Santiniketan commissioned by Sir William Rothenstein to create the murals at the India House in Aldwych, London. Read More

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru - An Autobiography

signatured by Jawaharlal Nehru

Balaichand Mukhopadhyay

Bonophul er Aro Golpo (Bengali)

signatured by author as gift to Rabindranath Tagore

Genesis of the name

The name Prinseps stems from two parallel tracks - both bearing immense significance to Indian history (and therefore to collectibles) . The first being .. Read More

The Design Philosophy

The design elements chosen for Prinseps relies heavily on the genesis of its name. The design is therefore heavily inspired by the history surrounding the name, by antiquities, and by the Brahmi script. Read More

Is Art An Asset?

There is little doubt that Art is an investment asset ! It has been further argued that Art is also an "alternative" asset - implying that it's returns have low correlation with the stock markets and therefore if included in one's investment portfolio improves the risk-reward profile. Read More

When Was Modernism

"When Was Modernism" - a topic that is always up for debate. It is generally acknowledged that modernism in European art begins with Cezanne/Picasso. Read More

Director's Note

Research and Passion - are the two words I will use to summarize the principles and reasons behind Prinseps Read More