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Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India

Amin Jaffer (Author)
Synopsis Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India explores the fascination among Indian royalty for western luxury goods. This taste reached its peak during the British Raj, when Indian rulers began travelling to Europe and remodelled their lives along western lines. Commissioning architects to design palaces, purchasing fleets of cars and ordering their family jewels to be reset by the most skilled goldsmiths of the day, Indian princes established themselves as the new creative patrons of European high design. Based equally in the archives of luxury firms and in palace and private collections this book explores the role of maharajas in an age of high spending and fashion. It showcases original designs and surviving objects, exploring for the first time the creative dialogue between Indian princes and the tradesmen who produced wonders for their delectation. Rich in anecdotes and visually splendid, this book brings alive the extraordinary lavish, varied and sometimes implausible works commissioned by princes whose wealth knew no bounds and whose eccentricities were legend.
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About the author

Amin Jaffer

Dr. Amin Jaffer is a Curator in the Asian Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he specialises in Indian art and culture in the period of European influence. He is the author of Furniture from British India and Ceylon and Luxury Goods from India, and the co-editor of Encounters: the meeting of Asia and Europe, 1500-1800, which accompanied a V&A exhibition of the same title.

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Bibliographic information

Title Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India
Author Amin Jaffer
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Roli Books
Language: English
isbn 8174363726
length 276p.