Head of Islamic and Indian arts at Rosebery’s Fine Art Auctioneers, London
19th Century Mughal Jewelry
Antique Indian jewelry can be a bargain compared to European gems. This sarpech, a turban ornament that once belonged to the Maharaja of Patiala, sports 133 diamonds, 15 Burmese rubies and a natural pearl
for just $100,000.
Timurid, Safavid and Ottoman Texts
Written material from these
West and Central Asian empires—especially illustrated Qur’ans and botanical and
medical texts—will only appreciate. A 19th-century manuscript made for the Nawab (the ruler) of Sachin in British India recently sold
for nearly $300,000.
Production of these brightly
hued items peaked 400 years ago, but demand for Turkish ceramics from the cities of Iznik and Kütahya is as high as ever: This Iznik dish, circa 1590, recently
sold for $6,000.