Prinseps

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Bhanu Athaiya by Ranjit Hoskote

It was D.G. Nadkarni, elder statesman among Bombay’s art critics, who first told me that Bhanu Athaiya had trained as a painter and had once shown alongside the members of the Progressive Artists' Group (PAG). Like many of our conversations, this one took place at the Pundole Art Gallery in the early 1990s. Until then, I had known of Athaiya as a sophisticated and celebrated designer of costumes for the popular Hindi cinema; she had won an Oscar for Best Costume Design for Richard Attenborough’s 1982 masterwork, Gandhi.

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The art of portraiture seems much more enticing today when we live in a world where ‘portraits’ can be created at the click of a button with a single handheld device. There is something enigmatic about how artists in the past captured personalities with strokes of the brush and immortalized them in portraits. There is something romantic about the notion of portraits themselves, and how a sensitive artist could capture the physical characteristics as well as the psychological aspect of the subject of the portrait. 

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Pages from Bhanu's handwritten n...

"My father, a multifaceted man, was far ahead of the times. His thirst for knowledge led him to explore avenues of learning beyond scholastic and academic boundaries. He would travel to Mumbai frequently to collect books on various subjects ranging from painting to photography and embroidery to film making. These books were imported from Britain by Englishmen who had big stores in Mumbai.

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Bhanu's ode to the Progressive A...

Bombay, May 2010 - "I was exposed to paintings from a very young age. My father was a self-taught artist who sometimes painted in oils by studying the old European masters and sometimes following his own inspiration. In his studio, he had many books on paintings of European masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner, Gainsboro, Constable, and others. I enjoyed looking at these books just as I enjoyed washing my father's brushes and pallet.

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The legacy of Annasaheb Rajopadhye

The city of Kolhapur in southern Maharashtra is often called Kalapur, a city of the arts: a tag that originated in the early twentieth century. This was a result of a social and cultural transformation initiated by Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj (1874-1922).

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The Quintessential Persian Carpet

The world's fascination with Persian carpets existed long before we heard tales of Aladdin and his Magic Carpet. A thousand stories of its weavers, their craftsmanship, and a promise to transport you to faraway lands stitch together the fabric of the quintessential Persian carpet. The history of its artistic magnificence dates back to 500 BC.

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Bhanu Athaiya: The Oscar Winning...

Bhanu Athaiya achieved a lot over a period of six decades - the only woman member of the Progressive Artists Group and the first Indian to win an Oscar.

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Spotlight - Michelle Poonawalla

Michelle Poonawalla’s art can be characterized as a departure from the usual studies of form and landscape to something vastly different, something very new, something very personal.  

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Director's Note : Prinseps Aucti...

Our Policies

We guarantee authenticity! We have a seven-day return policy in case any work sold is not as described. This return policy is a window into our rigorous processes and checks. Compare us to others and all the fine print and exclusions at the largest of the auction houses and the most prestigious of galleries and luxury vendors – we have NONE! There is no fine print, and there are no exclusions. If we sell a product that is not as described – you return it to us within seven days – Simple!

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Can Art be an Alternative Asset?

There is little doubt that Art (primarily consisting of paintings and sculptures) is an investment asset. It has been further argued that Art is also an alternative asset, implying that returns (from Art) have a low correlation with the stock markets and, if included in one's investment portfolio, improves the risk-reward profile (increase the Sharpe ratio).

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Prinseps Auctions Design Philosophy

The design elements chosen for Prinseps relies heavily on the genesis of its name. The design is heavily inspired by antiquities and by the Brahmi script.

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Prinseps : Genesis of the Name

The name Prinseps stems from two parallel tracks, both bearing immense significance to history and collectibles.

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Philately - Pre-SG1 Jasdan

Philately or stamp collecting is a great hobby as it is an interesting mix of history and technical studies. The usual areas of interest among collectors include the early issues of a country/state or errors.

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Bhanu Athaiya by Ranjit Hoskote

It was D.G. Nadkarni, elder statesman among Bombay’s art critics, who first told me that Bhanu Athaiya had trained as a painter and had once shown alongside the members of the Progressive Artists' Group (PAG). Like many of our conversations, this one took place at the Pundole Art Gallery in the early 1990s. Until then, I had known of Athaiya as a sophisticated and celebrated designer of costumes for the popular Hindi cinema; she had won an Oscar for Best Costume Design for Richard Attenborough’s 1982 masterwork, Gandhi.

Read More

Atul Bose and the Art of Portrai...

The art of portraiture seems much more enticing today when we live in a world where ‘portraits’ can be created at the click of a button with a single handheld device. There is something enigmatic about how artists in the past captured personalities with strokes of the brush and immortalized them in portraits. There is something romantic about the notion of portraits themselves, and how a sensitive artist could capture the physical characteristics as well as the psychological aspect of the subject of the portrait. 

Read More

Pages from Bhanu's handwritten n...

"My father, a multifaceted man, was far ahead of the times. His thirst for knowledge led him to explore avenues of learning beyond scholastic and academic boundaries. He would travel to Mumbai frequently to collect books on various subjects ranging from painting to photography and embroidery to film making. These books were imported from Britain by Englishmen who had big stores in Mumbai.

Read More

Bhanu's ode to the Progressive A...

Bombay, May 2010 - "I was exposed to paintings from a very young age. My father was a self-taught artist who sometimes painted in oils by studying the old European masters and sometimes following his own inspiration. In his studio, he had many books on paintings of European masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Turner, Gainsboro, Constable, and others. I enjoyed looking at these books just as I enjoyed washing my father's brushes and pallet.

Read More

The legacy of Annasaheb Rajopadhye

The city of Kolhapur in southern Maharashtra is often called Kalapur, a city of the arts: a tag that originated in the early twentieth century. This was a result of a social and cultural transformation initiated by Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj (1874-1922).

Read More

The Quintessential Persian Carpet

The world's fascination with Persian carpets existed long before we heard tales of Aladdin and his Magic Carpet. A thousand stories of its weavers, their craftsmanship, and a promise to transport you to faraway lands stitch together the fabric of the quintessential Persian carpet. The history of its artistic magnificence dates back to 500 BC.

Read More

Bhanu Athaiya: The Oscar Winning...

Bhanu Athaiya achieved a lot over a period of six decades - the only woman member of the Progressive Artists Group and the first Indian to win an Oscar.

Read More

Spotlight - Michelle Poonawalla

Michelle Poonawalla’s art can be characterized as a departure from the usual studies of form and landscape to something vastly different, something very new, something very personal.  

Read More

Director's Note : Prinseps Aucti...

Our Policies

We guarantee authenticity! We have a seven-day return policy in case any work sold is not as described. This return policy is a window into our rigorous processes and checks. Compare us to others and all the fine print and exclusions at the largest of the auction houses and the most prestigious of galleries and luxury vendors – we have NONE! There is no fine print, and there are no exclusions. If we sell a product that is not as described – you return it to us within seven days – Simple!

Read More

Can Art be an Alternative Asset?

There is little doubt that Art (primarily consisting of paintings and sculptures) is an investment asset. It has been further argued that Art is also an alternative asset, implying that returns (from Art) have a low correlation with the stock markets and, if included in one's investment portfolio, improves the risk-reward profile (increase the Sharpe ratio).

Read More

Prinseps Auctions Design Philosophy

The design elements chosen for Prinseps relies heavily on the genesis of its name. The design is heavily inspired by antiquities and by the Brahmi script.

Read More

Prinseps : Genesis of the Name

The name Prinseps stems from two parallel tracks, both bearing immense significance to history and collectibles.

Read More

Philately - Pre-SG1 Jasdan

Philately or stamp collecting is a great hobby as it is an interesting mix of history and technical studies. The usual areas of interest among collectors include the early issues of a country/state or errors.

Read More