Living Between Tradition and Modernity

Saffronart is excited to announce its April auctions dedicated to two important lifestyle defining categories. The Design Sale on 18 – 19 April presents furniture and lighting from important design movements of the 20th century, when craftsmen, designers and artists attempted to define what “modern” India meant. In the 1930s, the streamlined elegance of Art Deco was all the rage in architecture and furniture in Mumbai. Looking into the 1950s, architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and George Nakashima, whose furniture features in the sale, created clean, functional designs that reflected the spirit of Modernism as defined in their architectural philosophies.

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Living Traditions: Folk and Tribal Art on 19 – 20 April, explores the diverse art traditions that thrived, and continue to thrive, in different parts of India. Gond, Mithila and Warli paintings, kantha and bagh embroidery, and sculptures, masks and armour from the bhuta and theyyam traditions are deeply rooted in the myths and local cultures of “place”. Handed down from generation to generation, folk and tribal art presents an alternate view of modernism –  as one which is an unbroken, continuous, yet constantly evolving tradition.

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Select lots from both sales will be displayed at Saffronart Mumbai from 7 – 20 April 2017. Follow our blog for exciting updates.

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