Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India

Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India

by Amin Jaffer
     
 

The Indian princes of the British Raj lived lives of unparalleled opulence and luxury. Made for Maharajas returns readers to that resplendent era, presenting a selection of one-of-a-kind objects crafted to order by the outstanding European luxury goods manufacturers, fashion houses, and decorators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here are theSee more details below

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The Indian princes of the British Raj lived lives of unparalleled opulence and luxury. Made for Maharajas returns readers to that resplendent era, presenting a selection of one-of-a-kind objects crafted to order by the outstanding European luxury goods manufacturers, fashion houses, and decorators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here are the custom-designed cars, jewelry, and extraordinary objets d'art commissioned by maharajas, nawabs, nizams, and sultans from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron, Harry Winston, and others, accompanied by anecdotes that illuminate this sumptuous way of life. Many of the illustrations in this book have never been previously reproduced outside of India, making this not only the first volume of its kind, but a remarkable keepsake that may never be duplicated in our lifetime.

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As this lavish book reveals, the Indian princes of the British Raj lived lives of unimaginable extravagance. Their taste for European luxury reached its peak between 1857 and 1947, when they began traveling abroad to commission architects to design places, designers to pattern couture clothing, and jewelers to reset their family possessions. Jaffer (Luxury Goods from India) here deftly explores this short-lived world of excess.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865651746
Publisher:
Vendome Press
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
1,400,331
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 11.87(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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