Bejewelled Treasures

Bejewelled Treasures

The Al-Thani Collection

Book - 2015
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Published to accompany the V&A exhibition, 'Bejewelled Treasures: The Al-Thani Collection', 21 November 2015 to 28 March 2016. This sumptuous book invites the reader to examine in exquisite detail, spectacular jewelled and enamel objects, drawn from a single private collection, and to explore the broader themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery. Highlights include a rare jewelled finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, Mughal jades and a stunningly carved dagger owned by Shah Tajan. Featuring 100 objects, this book examines the origins of these precious artefacts from the treasury of the Mughal emperors and the courts of Hindustan. The author also looks at the influence that India had on avantgarde European jewellery made by Cartier and other leading houses and concludes with contemporary pieces made by JAR (hailed as the Faberge of our times) and Viren Bhagat, which are inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal motifs and Art Deco 'Indian' designs.
Publisher: London : V&A Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781851778577
Characteristics: 176 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm


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Apr 13, 2018

There are two parallel lines of thought: the breathtaking beauty of this jewelry; the cost to a populace that lacked a decent standard of living while resources were diverted to such ostentation. My uncle, who lived in what is now the Slovak Republic, moved with his mother to The United States in the early 20th century. In the 1970's he and my aunt revisited his homeland and also went to Austria. He told the guide at the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna that these palaces were being built while the peasants had to add sawdust to extend their bread.


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