Luxury Goods from India : The Art of the Indian Cabinet-maker - Jaffer, Amin

Luxury Goods from India : The Art of the Indian Cabinet-maker

Amin Jaffer

Yayınevi: Victoria & Albert Museum

Yayın tarihi: 09/2002

ISBN: 9781851773817

İngilizce | 128 Sayfa | Büyük boy  |  21,41x27,99x1,6 cm.

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Luxury Goods from India highlights key objects from the V&A's unrivalled collection of furniture and objets d'art from India and Sri Lanka. Many of these items of indigenous furniture are published here for the first time and provide a rare insight into the riches of the culture they represent. This book acknowledges the impact and demands of colonial power, by Portuguese, Dutch and British settlers from the late fifteenth century, over the Indian natives. The newcomers discovered to their surprise, rare articles of courtly furniture richly worked and inlaid with precious stones and gold. However there was no local furniture that suited the settlers' manner of living, so they commissioned extravagant pieces along European lines from native craftsmen, allowing them free rein with local materials. The resulting fusion of Western forms with Indian materials and decorative techniques gave rise to a wide range of luxury goods - cabinets, game-tables, painted boxes, ceremonial arms - that were breathtaking in their craftsmanship and widely prized in Europe, where they found their way into royal collections, ecclesiastical treasuries and stately houses. The fifty pieces in this volume, dating from the fifteenth to the late nineteenth century, demonstrate the diversity and skill of Indian craftsmanship and tell a fascinating story about the changing role of domestic objects and their use in the subcontinent. They illustrate the subtle interaction between European and Indian tastes and sensibilities, and chart the course of colonial patronage. Many pieces illustrated here have never been published before, and Amin Jaffer's scholarly yet accessible text throws new light on an astonishingly rich and largely unexplored tradition.

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