Mumbai: Artful Antiquing

James T. Murray

Mumbai’s Chor Bazaar is fine for that Portobello Road experience, but for a bit more refinement try these Colaba shops. Most important is Artful Antiquing (Madam Cama Rd.; phillipsantiques.com), established in 1860 and Mumbai’s oldest antiques gallery. Known for Indian folk and tribal art, metalware, glass paintings, and Burmese lacquer, the store recently amassed an impressive collection of tribal art from the states of Orissa and Gujarat, and its Indian maps and lithographs date back to the 1800s. Buyers at Essajee & Son (Lands Down House, Battery St.) handpick curios and furniture from across India; the 15,000-square-foot warehouse, a 30-minute drive away, offers larger colonial pieces. Family-owned since 1928, D. Popli & Sons (Readymoney Bldg., Battery St.) specializes in Victorian- and Indian-style silver and gold jewelry, silverware, and objects for the house like tea sets, frames, and vases.