Sunday, 12 May 2013

Mullocks Sikh and Punjab artefacts sale May 2013

A wide selection   of Punjab and Sikh related artifacts are set to be auctioned on May 21st May by British Auction House Mullocks.

The highlight of the sale is an early watercolor of Baba Deep Singh Ji fighting Afghan forces, dating from the 1880s, it's expected to fetch 400 - 600 GBP. According to the Auction house the painting came from the collection of General Roberts who served in India during the late 19th century.

 Sikh painting of Baba Deep Singh c1880

Other Highlights includes a historic painting of Maharajah Ranjit Singh with his Sikhs - early photographic views of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, portraits of Maharajah Ranjit Singh and Duleep Singh, historical documents  and books.

There are several artefacts related to Maharaja Duleep Singh, the deposed King of the Sikhs. This includes photos and a dinner set belonging to him.

Maharajah Duleep Singh Portrait 1860 Miniature portrait 

This most rare find comes from the collection of the late Byron Edgar Farwell (1921-1999) the esteemed American military historian and biographer. The handwritten letter is by a member of the Tirah Field Force J.A.Lindsay stationed at Fort Lockhart, Samana, in 1897, who arrived at the bloody scene of the Battle of Saragarhi and describes the deaths of the 21 Sikhs of the 4th Battalion. The letter written to a colleague a few weeks after this famous battle where 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghan tribesman, is marked 

‘Please Read only Yourself’ – will give you some idea of what is going on at the front' he states ‘Saragarhi is an awful sight which 21 Sikhs behaved so admirably...and the place is anything but sanitary as of course not much burying could be done.

Tanjore School Watercolour of an Akali with Lady. Another rare painting is that of a Aklai Nihang. A finely executed early 19th century Tanjore painting heightened in gold of a Sikh warrior holding a bow standing with a female companion c1805-10. The panting is of the highest quality from the South Indian School and exceptionally large in size. A similar painting from the same series is in the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Mullocks Auctioneer Richard West-Wood Brookes  said " This is without  a doubt one of the most important sales relating to the Punjab and the Sikh Empire in recent times"
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The sale takes place in Ludlow Shropshire (United Kingdom)  on the 21st May


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