Tipu Sultan`s gold pendant to go under hammer at Bonhams
London: A gem-set gold pendant from the treasury of the legendary Indian ruler Tipu Sultan will be auctioned off here next month.
This gem, among the star lots in the sale of the contents of Lord Glenconner`s St Lucian home at Bonhams here on September 28, estimated between 80,000 to 120,000 pounds.
A gold pendant is set with a 38 carat emerald surrounded by nine precious stones including topaz, blue sapphire, ruby, diamond and pearl. It is one of the very few pieces of jewellery from Tipu Sultan`s fabulous treasury to have survived in its original setting.
Other major items in the Glenconner sale include a rare 18th century south Indian carved emerald figurine (estimated 40,000-60,000 pounds), a late Mughal inscribed emerald bearing the name of Prasanna Coomar Tagore from 1826 (estimated 25,000-35,000 pounds) and an impressive North Indian 19th century silver sheet-covered wood tester bed (estimated 15,000-20,000 pounds).