Forge and Lynch
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch specialise in Antiquities and Islamic and Indian art. Established in 1998 the company has sold to institutions and private collectors worldwide. They exhibit twice a year in London (Antiquities and Islamic Art) and once a year during the New York Asia Week (Indian miniature paintings). In December 2017, the company sold an important group of Iznik pottery from the collection of Sir Alan Barlow (1881-1968) to a single private collector. In recent years Indian and Islamic paintings and works of art have been sold to institutions including the British Library, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore.
Court Art from India, Persia and Turkey
The exhibition comprises a selection of about forty miniature paintings and works of art, giving a taste of court art in different media. The paintings range in date from the late sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. A fine painting from the ‘Third” Akbarnama depicts Sher Shah’s Capture of Rohtasgarh Fort in 1538 A.D., an Afghan adversary of Emperor Humayun who challenged him in gaining territory in Bengal. Ascribed to three known court artists, in palette and design it is an exceptional work. In contrast is an evocative painting by the Mewar court artist Tara, Sarup Singh at target practice in a garden, circa 1855, depicting the Udaipur ruler against a vibrant green ground.
Works of art include three Iznik polychrome tiles, circa 1575, a large 17th century Safavid blue-and-white pottery dish, two eighteenth century ‘Bidri’ huqqa bottles, and a charming bronze Nandi bull from south India. From Qajar Persia are two exceptional works: a fine silver- and gold-inlaid steel bottle similar to one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a fine steel pen-box inscribed to one of the daughters of the great Fath Ali Shah (r. 1797-1834), Gawhar Khanum, dated 1815-16 A.D.
Catalogue available online from early October
Thursday 22 to Friday 30 October – 10am-5pm
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd.
2 Georgian House
10 Bury Street
St. James’s, London