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Lot 25: Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar (1867-1944), Untitled (The Coronation)

Fine Art, Design & Lifestyle (SALE 0013)

Platinum House

by Bid & Hammer

December 9, 2012

Bangalore, India

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Description: Untitled (The Coronation)
watercolour on paper
Signed and dated 1911 lower right
17 x 27 in

Notes: The Coronation is a delightful work that represents
Dhurandhar's unique documentary style. In classical flair he
captures traditions and customs with a unique sensitivity. Here
women of various ethnicities line up to pay obeisance to the
Queen in 1911 at the time of the all India durbar. The platter
of coconuts, the incense to anoint oneself as a welcoming
gesture etc all relate very well to the occasion. Dhurandhar's
most remarkable skill was his ability to convey the personalities
of his characters and drama of the situation, making it all very
memorable. Though the work is densely peopled, his attention
to detail, capturing the features and dress particulars of the
attending women is very fascinating.

Provenance: From an important private collection in Mumbai

Artist or Maker: Mahadev Vishwanath Dhurandhar (1867-1944)

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