Indian Beauties: Islamic Art under the Mughal Dynasty

This article on Mughal art was commissioned to me for the art auction website Lot-Art. Designed as a light introduction to the Mughal art market, it focuses on painting and metalwork, as the two are the most common in auctions.

Mughal art is recognized as a branch of Islamic arts, all Mughal emperors following the precepts of Islam, and objects are therefore included in Islamic art auctions. Historically, the principal centre to buy Mughal art is London. Today, two Islamic weeks are organised in April and October each year by Bonhams, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, where the most precious artefacts are presented.

Paris, especially Millon et associés and Pierre Berger auction houses also have dedicated sales, generally twice a year. However, it is worth going through auction catalogues as late Mughal objects are often included in generalist auctions, especially weapons and metalwork. The overwhelming abundance of Mughal objects and their diversity can complicate a first bid but all mediums are not represented the same way on the market.


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The prince Dara Shokuh visits an hermit, signed Govardhan, c. 1650. (Ader-Nordmann, 3.06.2015, sold 42 000€)