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Fruits Sellers Shop - Watercolour on Paper - Artist Navneet Parikh
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Dimensions: 25cm X 33cm

Mughal Paintings & Art | Mughal Miniature Paintings | ExoticIndia
Watercolour on Paper - Artist Navneet Parikh
The painting, a twenty-first century miniature endowed with stylistic distinction of mediaeval Indian art as practised around the first quarter of the nineteenth century in Mughals art-world, especially at their provincial seats like Oudh and Murshidabad, a brilliant piece of art, portrays a fruits-sellers shop with two ladies buying some fruits, perhaps apples, from it. The painting has been framed in a lavish elaborate border comprising floral arabesques rendered in gold. The painting has great Mughalia touch in its eagerness for details, subdued colour tones, depth perspective, figures anatomical balance and modelling, features sharpness and skins transparent colour, besides symmetrically arranged parts and geometrical proportions as reveal in semi-hexagonal placing of wooden fruit-cases. The shop, structured over fluted tapering marble columns with lotus-bases on either side, arched brackets managing the corners, and a beautifully moulded and gold-painted lintel, is a brilliant piece of mediaeval Rajasthani architecture the best examples of which Sawai Jai Singhs Pink City Jaipur presented some three hundred years before. In addition, the shop has extending over it a beautiful red canopy painted in gold. With its velvet-like look it extends from under the eave over the shops front. The shops floor, as usual, is raised to some height though unlike the more often pursued practise in mediaeval days, it does not provide seating space for buyers, perhaps in consideration of the nature of business involved in sale-and-purchase of fruits-like commodity taking hardly any time. The shops floor stands covered to its outer edge with fruits baskets. Besides the semi-hexagonally placed wooden racks storing bananas, sweet-melons, both streaked and uni-coloured, mangoe

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