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Auction features objects from Indian folk, tribal traditions            

PTI | Mumbai |

In a unique marriage of interior decor and India's tradional folk and tribal art, objects highlighting the country's broad cultural history will go under the hammer at two of Saffornart's upcoming online sales.

'The Design Sale' (April 1819) and 'Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art' (April 19  20) will present distinct elements that stand testimony to India's traditional beauty and craftsmanship.

“With 'Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art' auction, we continue our efforts to establish and develop folk and tribal art as an important category at Saffronart. The lots on offer represent the depth and diversity of India's indigenous art traditions,” Hugo Weihe, CEO of Saffronart, said.

The 'Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art' sale will feature objects such as masks and breastplates, that formed an important part of rituals and ceremonies.

The sale will be led by an 18th-century bronze breastplate from Karnataka/ Kerala with subtly    detailed cobras, estimated at Rs.1215 lakhs.

“Their significance in Indian customs goes back centuries. These traditions continue to inspire modern and contemporary artists in India and around the world, while offering collectors a chance to acquire an aspect of Indian culture that has long been overlooked,” Weighe said.

The 'Design Sale', on the other hand, will feature iconic modernist designs by visionaries like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and George Nakashima and will include a substantial collection of Art Deco furniture of the 1920s and 30s.

First showcased in India by influential royal families, trade merchants and well travelled entrepreneurs who had seen it in Europe, Art Deco brought new styles to Indian design.

While a set of two 'Grass-Seated Chairs' in sheesham with rope by George Nakashima is estimated at Rs.1.7 – 2.20 lakhs, a 'Chandelier' by Barovier & Toso in murano glass and brass is estimated at Rs.5 – 7 lakhs.