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Made for Maharajas. A Design Diary of Princely India.

Jaffer, Amin.

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ISBN 10: 8174363726 / ISBN 13: 9788174363725
Verlag: New Delhi, Roli Books., 2007
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30 cm x 26 cm. 275 pages. With many black-and-white and colour illustrations throughout the book. Original Hardcover. From the library of dutch fashion designer Frans Molenaar. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Inscribed dedication on the half-title page. Includes for example the following essays: The Royal Image / Jewels / Dress and Accessoires / Royal Living / Royal Pursuits / Palaces / etc etc. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 70780AB

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Verlag: New Delhi, Roli Books.

Erscheinungsdatum: 2007

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"Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India" explores the fascination among Indian royals for western luxury goods. This taste reached its peak at the height of the British Raj (1857-1947), when Indian rulers - disarmed and politically marginalized - occupied themselves increasingly with vast building projects and conspicuous consumption. This book explores the role of maharajas in this age of high spending and fashion. Based equally in the archives of firms such as Louis Vuitton, Boucheron, Chaumet and Hermes, and in palace and private collections, "Made for Maharajas" brings together original designs with surviving objects, exploring for the first time the creative dialogue between Indian princes and the skilled tradesmen who produced wonders for their delectation. Mutual influence in taste forms a central theme of the volume. While maharajas nurtured a fascination for all things western, they themselves inspired in Europe a renewed taste for the exotic, reflected in the strong Indian influence evident in contemporary high design. Married to the objects themselves are the absorbing and often humourous accounts of how maharajas indulged their tastes with unparalleled extravagance and aplomb. Rich in anecdotes and visually splendid, "Made for Maharajas" brings alive the extraordinary rich, varied and sometimes implausible works commissioned by princes whose wealth knew no bounds and whose eccentricities were legend.

About the Author:

Amin Jaffer is a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He has written several books which include Luxury Goods from India and Encounters: The Meeting the Asia and Europe 1500-1800.

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