Art & Culture

Mystery of Chickpet, an auction of artifacts

Auction of architectural and related objects from the Shri Adinath Jain Swetamber temple in Chickpet is on auction from February 27th- March 5th.

Bangalore-based full service auction house - Bid & Hammer, is slated to host its fifth auction based on the theme ‘Mystery of Chickpet’. The theme delves into the history and architectural wonder of a stunning architectural masterpiece - Shri Adinath Jain Swetamber temple in Chickpet, an old residential and popular business locality in Bangalore.
This temple has a fascinating history as its original Spartan style construction was, over a period of time, painstakingly renovated and improved upon by the best artisans of the period, resulting in a fusion of different architectural styles blending very aesthetically which hitherto has gone unnoticed to a wider audience not only in Bangalore but across the rest of India.
The auction of architectural and related objects will take place on 10th of March 2010 at ITC Windsor; while the preview of the collection will be held at Bid & Hammer Preview Hall, Jayanagar from 27th February till 5th March 2010.
The collection covers 139 lots of marvellous architectural and related objects in keeping with the theme ‘Mystery of Chickpet’. The collection includes a very fine Pahari School painting of Lord Mahaveera, the divine guardians of Chickpet, colonial Dwarpals, silver doors, vintage Art Nouveau Majolica Ceramic tiles, architectural pillars and other exemplary masterpieces. The auction also encompasses related items such as original antiquarian prints, traditional paintings and works of art to complement the star architectural lots. 

“We believe this to be a significant monument auction that will not only capture the imagination of every true art connoisseur but will also be the first of its kind to be held in India” said, Maher Dadha, Chairman and Managing Director, Bid and Hammer Auctioneers Pvt. Ltd. “We also wish to encourage buyers with varied tastes and have accordingly priced the works at very attractive estimates starting from Rs 7,500 (USD 163) going up to Rs 42, 00,000 (USD 91,304). The entire sale proceeds of all lots marked with a ‘Swastik’ would go towards building a new Temple. We solicit our patrons, both corporate and individuals to come forward philanthropically and be part of a significant construction of a land mark monument” added Dadha.

Bid & Hammer’s clients are able to take advantage of a wide spectrum of expertise which includes authentication, provenance, valuation, conservation, restoration etc across all major categories of fine and decorative arts and antiques - varying from modern and contemporary Indian art to furniture & glass to silver, jewellery and photography and a range of other collectables.
More details are available on:

Tags: Art, Bid and Hammer, Chickpet, Shri Adinath Jain Swetamber temple, auction, Lord Mahaveera paintings


VINOD PARMAR TUMKUR Mar 21st, 2010 07:51 PM


VINOD PARMAR TUMKUR Mar 21st, 2010 07:46 PM

It is a shocking news! The Jains are known for their generousity in donating for the JIRNODDAR (Reconstruction or Renovation of old Temples) of Jain Temples.
The Trust can collect Donations 50 times more than the expected amount by auction within a span of 5 hours gathering of the Jains of Bangalore.
The Architectural beauties (Rather the Old treasure which had attracted the then His Highness of the erstwhile Mysore State to visit the Temple) can be displayed in a Museum in the Temple premises. 
The Jain Society which is a micro minority (Less than 1% of Indian population) contributes almost 25% of the total Income  Tax in India.
I in whole condemn this act of the Trustees of Chickpet to auction the century old Precious treasure.

vinod jain Mar 09th, 2010 06:31 PM

why the r selling the 100 years old items of temple. they can use again when they are building the new temple.  Why they should sell the beauty of temple for just peanuts.  The value of all items are very rare and rare more than millions of dollars.  why should one sell for thousands only.

Add your comment...

Powered By Blackmonk