Amir Mohtashemi Ltd

Stand:   239

Indian and Islamic works of art

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London, W8 4BG
United Kingdom
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Amir Mohtashemi is a leading specialist in Indian and Islamic art. His experience in this field spans over 25 years and today his advice is sought by private collectors and museums worldwide.

Artists Exhibited at the fair:

  • Azra Aghighi Bakhshayesh

    Azra Aghighi Bakhshayesh

  • Ebrahim Olfat

    Ebrahim Olfat

  • Unknown Shrivaprasad

    Unknown Shrivaprasad

    Biography : Ivory carver to the HM Maharaja of Benares, Indai
  • Master Shrivaprasad

    Master Shrivaprasad

    Biography : Craftsman at the court of the Maharaja of Benares
  • Robert Smith

    Robert Smith

    Biography : Military engineer, was the son of James and Mary Smith of Bideford in Devon, baptised in Nancy on 13th Sept 1787. He served in the Bengal Engineers from 1805 to 1830, when he retired with the rank of major. He was later made an honorary colonel and created CB. In his first years in India, he helped to construct the lighthouse at Kirji (Kedgree) in Diamond Harbour, Calcutta, between 1808 and 1810. He saw service in the capture of Mauritius from the French in 1810, in the invasion of Java in 1811 and in the Nepal War of 1814-1815. He also took part in the siege of Bharatpur near Agra in 1825-26. Smith was a highly skilled surveyor whose detailed maps proved invaluable to the military as they settled newly acquired territories; He made a map of the wild jungle area of the Palamau, Shahabad and Mizrapur districts of the Ganges plain in 1813-14 and then spent some time in Penang. On return from his three year furlough in 1822 he was appointed Garrison Engineer and Executive Officer, Delhi and had among his duties the repair of great Mughal monuments in and around Delhi. From this post he was detailed in March 1823 to complete the survey of an ancient Mughal canal, the Doab or Eastern Jumma (Yamuna) Canal, in succession of Henry Debude and in 1827 was appointed Superintendent of the Doab Canal. This canal had been constructed by Ali Mardan Khan in the seventeenth century, largely by joining watercourses together, but is thought not to have functioned for long because of the steepness of its slope and the interference it suffered from mountain torrents crossing its path in the north. Under Smith the channel was excavated to a depth of 4ft below the surface of the country, following as far as possible the natural courses of rivers, but straightening out the most tortuous parts of the channel (...) From 1825 smith had as an assistant Lieutenant Proby Cautley, whose delightful surviving sketch book gives details of the structures and foundations. Water was admitted in 183