Jewels that after belonged to Maharani Jindan Kaur, the final spouse of Sikh Empire ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and which have been later inherited by her granddaughter, Princess Bamba Sutherland, have been among the many highlights of an public sale in London. A collective lot of a gem-set gold brow pendant, or chand-tikka, a gem-set gold mirrored roundel and a pearl-mounted gold pendant went beneath the hammer for over 62,500 kilos and different uncommon artefacts courting again to the Nineteenth century additionally attracted many bids on the Bonhams Islamic and Indian Artwork sale this week.
“As the one surviving widow of Ranjit Singh, Jindan Kaur (1817-1863) led a spirited resistance to the encroachment of the British into Punjab however was ultimately compelled to give up. Greater than 600 items of her jewelry from the legendary treasury of Lahore have been confiscated, and he or she was imprisoned earlier than escaping to Nepal in 1848,” notes Bonhams, in reference to the jewelry.
The public sale home believes the jewelry within the sale this week was virtually actually throughout the casket of jewels handed again to Maharani Jindan Kaur by the British authorities when she agreed to reside in London together with her son, Duleep Singh, with whom she was reunited in Calcutta in 1861.
Though Prince Duleep Singh ultimately returned to Lahore, his eldest daughter Princess Bamba remained in England, the place she had been born and raised, and went on to attend Oxford College and medical faculty within the US. A frequent customer to her ancestral house, the Princess ultimately settled completely in Lahore in the direction of the tip of her life, presenting the jewels to her companion and buddy, Mrs Dora Crowe.
“These are fantastic jewels in their very own proper, made extra particular nonetheless by their wealthy and interesting historical past – the round stoned gold and the mirrored brooch was, in keeping with Princess Bamba, previously a part of Maharajah Duleep Singh’s horse harness. They symbolize a outstanding hyperlink again to one of many richest treasuries on this planet,” mentioned Oliver White, Bonhams Head of Islamic and Indian Artwork.
Among the different highlights from the public sale included a uncommon and enormous Nineteenth-century panoramic watercolour view of the Golden Temple and the town of Amritsar, attributed to Cyril Herbert (1847-1882). The portray, believed to be the most important depiction of the Golden Temple in watercolour ever to have come onto the market, went beneath the hammer for 75,062 kilos.
Among the different Indian treasures included a big and spectacular portrait by Colesworthy Grant of Rajah Shere Singh Attariwala – a formidable commander through the Second Anglo-Sikh Warfare (1848-49), as soon as owned by the Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor-Normal of India.
“The Sikh Khalsa Military was beneath his command on the Battle of Chillianwallah in January 1849, one of many hardest fought battles within the historical past of the British Military. After the defeat on the Battle of Gujarat in February 1849, he was imprisoned at Allahabad and later transferred to Fort William, Calcutta till January 1854. He died in exile in Benares in 1858,” notes the related historical past.
A portrait of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh, captioned in Gurmukhi script with the phrases ‘vah vah gobind singh ape gur-chela’, or wondrous, wondrous is Gobind Singh, he himself is the Guru and the disciple; and 4 work from an album depicting tradespeople, entertainers and fakirs from Nineteenth century Punjab have been additionally among the many tons to go beneath the hammer.