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Description - In Pursuit Of Empire by Davinder Toor

Two centuries ago, Punjab's Sikh ruling elite lavishly patronised artists and craftsmen to enhance the extraordinary splendour of their flourishing empire. A sumptuous array of objects fit for Sikh kings, queens, warriors and saints were produced by skilled artisans to reflect a vibrant and potent new power on the world's stage.By the mid-19th century, the Sikh kingdom had met its demise at the hands of the British Empire. With the loss of Sikh patronage, artistic production switched to serve the tastes of the new colonial rulers, bringing to an end a unique cultural endeavour. Over the next century and a half, original Sikh artefacts gradually dispersed across the globe, often as official gifts, prized auction purchases and also as loot. Some of these remnants of empire ended up in institutional collections, while others were bartered and sold by collectors. Through the remarkable achievements of one such collector who pursued his passion to create the world's finest private collection of Sikh art, this book reveals the lasting legacy of the Sikh Empire.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781911271031
ISBN-10: 1911271032
Format: Hardback
(280mm x 280mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Publisher: KASHI HOUSE
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Davinder Toor

Davinder Toor, a qualified Optometrist who runs a successful business in the pharmaceutical industry, is a leading figure among a new generation of Sikh art collectors. He was featured along with a selection of objects from the Toor Collection on the BBC's 'Lost Treasures of the Sikh Kingdom' documentary (2014). He has acted as a consultant to several private collectors, auction houses and major institutions, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum and Wallace Collection. He currently lectures on the arts of the royal Sikh courts for the Victoria & Albert's prestigious 'Arts of Asia' course.Objects from the Toor Collection have been exhibited at major institutions in the UK and around the world including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung (Munich), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Asian Art Museum (San Francisco), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Brunei Gallery (London).

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