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This is a limited edition folio depicting six rare views of the city of Bangalore. Priced at   1500 (plus VAT).

 


 
 
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Furniture is by far the most popular category of antiques for collectors and connoisseurs alike. Period furniture combines elegance with usefulness. However, no one would really think of accumulating Regency, Edwardian or Victorian era’s originals and only a very few people with immense wealth can afford to collect 18th and 19th century furniture. Thus, perhaps the best way to indulge a taste for fine furniture is to start collecting Colonial period furniture, which does not always have to be outlandishly expensive.

So set out to furnish your home and office with original Burma teakwood, rosewood, and mahogany bookcases, showcases, sideboards, desks, sofa’s, consoles and a host of other functional desirables that are fast depleting in supply and appreciating in value.

♦Reproductions: We also cater to the specific demand for authentic reproductions of original period furniture, which are hand-made to specifications by expert carpenters under strict supervision, thus ensuring the retention of its originality.
 
 

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The great artists of the past regarded prints as a worthy medium of expression, and whilst a painting by one of these artists would probably be out of the range of most people, a fine proof etching or engraving might not. Prints have their own variations depending on the edition and thus the strength of image. Some familiarity with the different techniques of print-making is necessary for a full enjoyment of the subject (please click on this link for more details). Buyers will gradually improve the quality of their print stock as their knowledge increases.

 

Maps
Maps are very popular decorative objects; with the added appeal that they are a view of a particular part of the world as one of our ancestors might have seen it. In recent years the interest in early maps has increased faster than in many other branches of collecting. This perhaps reflects the current enthusiasm for local history, archaeology and the history of early travel.


 

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We have a wide collection of antiquarian books including with original hand-coloured and aquatint plates. Our range also extends to Indian historical subjects.


 

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Giclee (pronounced “zhee-clay”) is a French word meaning, “a spray of ink”. With the advent of giclee, the art of reproducing fine art works has become even more precise. Giclees, on paper or canvas, have the highest apparent resolution available today. In addition, since no screens are used, the prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs and a colour range that exceeds that of serigraphy. Displaying a full colour spectrum, Giclee prints capture every nuance of an original and have gained wideacceptance from artists and galleries throughout the world.

Thus, in our endeavour to make art affordable to all, we are delighted to offer, from our in-house team, Giclee reprints of original aquatints, lithographs etc. on the finest textured canvas and paper. These reprints are usually only available in limited editions so as to preserve exclusivity.

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When it comes to pottery and porcelain, values depend less on the object than on its date and the factory that made it. Pottery and porcelain are both made from clay, but the latter is a finer product.

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Metals have played a part in man’s economy since the Copper and Bronze ages, and through the centuries, as a result of increasing technological knowledge; metals have been refined and blended to produce many different materials. We have brass figures of the Victorian era and reproductions of select few objects of everyday use.

However, anyone who collects objects made of the precious metal silver starts with some distinct advantages because they have intrinsic monetary value as well as antique value. The metal itself is almost indestructible, which means that there is still a lot of old silver about for collecting. Consequently, we have a wide range of Colonial and European tea-sets, salvers, frames etc along with plated (EPNS) tableware for daily use, available at very affordable prices.


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We do regularly chance upon some of the finest old and contemporary paintings in various mediums like water colours, oil on canvas, Tanjore etc. along with different types of (mostly old) European tapestries.

 

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From Old Photographs, Albums, Victorian Mounts, Clocks & Watches,, Dolls & Tin Toys, Ephemera, Frames, Ivory, Musical Instruments, Textiles, Treen (small articles made of wood), Walking Sticks, etc. etc. we source all types of novelties.

 

Limited Editions
The history of Bangalore is embellished with great rulers like Kempe Gowda its founder and the legendary Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan to the Wodeyars. The earliest visual records of Bangalore were made by amateur as well as professional European artists of the 17th century, who travelled extensively in the kingdom and sketched or painted on the spot. James Hunter was one such talented artist.

James Hunter (1740-1792):

He was a lieutenant in the Royal Artillery who also served under Lord Cornwallis, Governor General of India in 1791-92. He travelled extensively and sketched several views in the Kingdom of Mysore during the famous Mysore war. Forty of his sketches were reproduced using the technique of ‘aquatint etching on copper plates’. These were published in 1804 in London under the title of ‘Picturesque scenery in the Kingdom of Mysore’ by Edward Orme. After his death, the task of aquatinting was divided between Joseph C. Stadler, H. Merke and J.B Harraden.

When compared with the prints after Lieutenant R.H Colebroke, Robert Home and Capt. Allan, Hunter’s studies often show places associated with Tipu Sultan and his father Hyder Ali and depict the civil and military life of the city of Bangalore.

These selected six rare views of Bangalore were sketched on the spot by James Hunter in 1791. These historical views take us back to a turning point in the history of Bangalore when the fort was captured by the British, thereby marking the start of the British Raj that was to last for more than two hundred years.

Limited Edition Folio

One can recognise some of the historical places, which have survived to this day. These authentic depictions are reproduced for the first time on the finest textured paper from the original aquatints in our collection and to preserve exclusivity, this folio is limited to an edition of 1000 sets, each of them hand numbered and signed. These colourful views come in a specially designed presentation cover and are modestly priced at 1500 (plus VAT). Size: W 43.5 cms x L 39.5 cms, unframed

♦These folios are also available as “ready to display’’ pictures, with raw silk mounted window and set in elegant moulded frames, at slightly higher prices. Please call us for more details.

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Pulished in hardback by M. Maher Dadha, this dook is intended to be a reference on antiquarian prints, maps and books, for first-time buyers and collectors alike, specially covering the work of British artists in India.

With 72 Pages depicting 122 coloured illustrations and a foreword by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur, it is a limited edition of 1000 copies. Priced at   1000 (plus VAT), less than 100 copies are still avaliable.