Publication: 2013
Publisher: ©Assouline
Beyond Extravagance: A Royal Collection of Gems and Jewels presents a journey through the history of Indian jeweled objects.
This book will awaken a new understanding of the diverse tradition of Indian jewelry through pieces that span more than four hundred years. Assembled with a passion for gems and a love of Indian craftsmanship, each item sheds light on the evolution of style and technique in court jewelry from the peak of the Mughal imperial patronage, the rich commissions of Maharajas under the British Raj, the celebrated Indian commissions of Cartier, to the inventive creations of the 21st century.
Key pieces include a carved jade dagger hilt owned by Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal; a group of engraved imperial Mughal spinels; a collection of enameled objects from Hyderabad, the Arcot II diamond and Taj Mahal emerald; a choker made by Cartier for the Maharaja of Patiala, as well as stunning contemporary creations by JAR and Bhagat using historic Indian stones.
Designed like a jewel box, this special limited edition features an exclusive brocade cover handwoven in India, and a wooden clamshell case covered and lined with velvet.
Dr. Amin Jaffer is the International Director of Asian Art at Christie’s. He specializes in Indian art in the age of European influence. Prior to his tenure at Christie’s, he was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Dr. Jaffer wrote a number of books including, Furniture from British India and Ceylon (V&A, 2001), Luxury Goods from India (V&A, 2002) and Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India(Vendome Press, 2006).

Format: 30×43 cm
English language


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