London: A rare gem-set gold pendant from the treasury of legendary Indian ruler Tipu Sultan, one of the very few pieces to have survived from his collections, will be auctioned off here next month. Mysore king's Rolls-Royce up for auction at Bonham’s
The pendant, estimated at between 80,000 and 120,000 pounds, is among the star lots in the sale of the contents of the peer and traveller Lord Glenconner's St Lucian home at Bonhams in London on September 28.
The gold pendant is set with a 38 carat emerald surrounded by nine precious stones including topaz, blue sapphire, ruby, diamond and pearl.
It is one of the very few pieces of jewellery from the fabulous treasury of the 'Tiger of Mysore' to have survived in its original setting.
Tipu Sultan, who ruled Mysore in the late 18th century, is known for his stoic and ferocious opposition to the extension of British rule.
"I would rather live a day as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep," he is once known to have said.
Tipu's Treasury which was stuffed with jewels, gold arms and fine cloth - was dispersed after his eventual defeat and death in the siege of rirangapatnam in 1799.
The British victory was followed by extensive looting as well as a more orderly division of the spoils and the pendant ended up in the possession of a Major named General Harris who brought it to England.
Other major items in the Glenconner sale include a rare 18th century South Indian carved emerald figurine estimated at 40,000-60,000 pounds, a late Mughal inscribed emerald bearing the name of Prasanna Coomar Tago from 1826 estimated at 25,000-35,000 pounds and an impressive North Indian 19th century silver sheet-covered wood tester bed estimated at 15,000-20,000 pounds.
The 3rd Lord Glenconner, formerly Colin Tennant, was known for transforming the barren Caribbean island of Mustique into a luxurious playground for the rich and the famous. From Mustique, Lord Glenconner moved to St Lucia in early 1990s.
The sale includes a wonderful selection of Caribbean and Anglo Indian furniture, Islamic and Indian art, Chinese ceramics, silver, works of art, jewellery, pictures, among others.
Meanwhile, two Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, one of which was once owned by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, will be up for auction at the Bonham’s here next month and is estimated to fetch 300,000-400,000 pounds.
The vehicle belongs to Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, the 20th century ruler of Mysore, was one of the world's wealthiest men, who died with a personal fortune estimated at USD 400 million.
The Silver Ghost, once used by Wadiyar as ceremonial car from 1911 will be auctioned at the Bonhams here on September 16 and is estimated to fetch 300,000-400,000 pounds Of all the buyers of the model, the Indian princes were among the most numerous in their acquisitions of Silver Ghosts. They prized the quality of the Rolls-Royce and its ability to withstand the difficult road conditions in India.
This example was ordered for the Delhi Durbar celebration of the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in December 1911 at the event that included spectacular displays of Indian pageantry, and many cars were purchased to provide transport for the honoured guests and the rulers themselves.
This Silver Ghost was emblazoned with the coat of arms of the Maharaja of Mysore, to whom it passed after the Delhi Durbar.
The second Silver Ghost offered for auction by Bonhams has been attributed as a 1908 example, which makes it one of only a four surviving examples from that year's production.
This car was restored in the 1990s by an Irish enthusiast and wears magnificent open touring coachwork with three rows of seats, built by noted French coach builder Labourdette. It was used by the Works at Brooklands as a test vehicle in advance of the International Touring Car Trial and has a pre-sale estimate of 325,000-425,000 pounds.
London: A rare gem-set gold pendant from the treasury of legendary Indian ruler Tipu Sultan, one of the very few pieces to have survived from his collections, will be auctioned off here next month.
Mysore king's Rolls-Royce up for auction at Bonham’s