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Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj

Dipti Khera,Vidya Dehejia,Wynard Wilkinson,Yuthika Sharma

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ISBN 10: 8189995197 / ISBN 13: 9788189995195
Published by Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd., 2008
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Delight in Design is a richly illustrated volume that focuses on the remarkable ornamented silverware produced by Indian craftsmen during the period of the British Raj. Silversmiths created elegant silver tea services, bowls, wine and water ewers, beer mugs, and goblets to adorn the sideboard or mantelpiece in a British Raj Home, producing European forms fulfilling European requirements. These same silversmiths then adopted a unique manner of embellishing these objects with a variety of different motifs that reflected local taste and carried a recognizably local pattern. A tea service made in Kutch would feature heavily embossed work, perhaps with a wonderful twisted snake as its handle, and a magnificent elephant head where its spout emerged from the pot. If made in Madras, the teapot would be decorated with images of Gods being carried in temple processions to the accompaniment of music and dance, giving this ware the designation of Swami (God) silver. If from Calcutta, it would bear a series of rural scenes - men and women carrying water, husking grain, or ploughing fields, against a backdrop of palm trees and village huts. This book comprises a set of five essays that explore different facets of the production and consumption of Indian silver for the Raj. Initially made as gifts and trophies for the British in India, this embellished silverware was soon thereafter available for purchase in Europe as well, especially following the high visibility achieved by Indian silver in the course of the many international exhibitions and expositions held in Europe during the second half of the 19 century. So much so that both Liberty and Co. of Regent Street and Proctor and Co. of Oxford Street set up their own workshops in India to make silver items for sale in their London stores. The book considers the silverware in terms of its clearly distinguishable regional styles, and is prefaced by two thematic sections, one on calling card cases and the other on tea services, which demonstrate their wide prevalence. The book`s visual presentation of the silverware does justice to its dazzling quality. CONTENTS: Preface; 1. Whose Taste? Colonial Design, International Exhibitions, and Indian Silver/Vidya Dehejia 2. Designs to Suit Every Taste : P. Orr and Sons and Swami Silverware/Dipti Khera 3. A Cache Uncovered : Workshop Drawings of Oomersee Mawjee and Sons of Kutch/Vidya Dehejia 4. `A House of Wonder` : Silver at the Delhi Durbar exhibition of 1903/Yuthika Sharma 5. Testimonial Plate : Swashbuckling Silver/Wynyard Wilkinson 6. Catalog/Vidya Dehejia 7. The calling Card and the Ritual of the Call 8. Tea and the Tea Service 9. Regional Styles of Silverware : i. Madras and Swami Silver ii. Kutch Embossed Silverware iii. Kashmir Silver : The `Paisley, ` and the Chinar Leaf iv. Lucknow Silver : The Jungle, and the Hunt v. Alwar`s Brief Experiment vi. Calcutta Silver and Rural Scenes vii. Burmese Silver : The Jatakas and Ramayana viii. Bombay`s Assorted Silver Styles Printed Pages: 223. Bookseller Inventory # 4260

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Title: Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj

Publisher: Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd.

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: First edition.

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Delight in Design is a richly illustrated volume that focuses on the remarkable ornamented silverware produced by Indian craftsmen during the period of the British Raj. Silversmiths created elegant silver tea services, bowls, wine and water ewers, beer mugs, and goblets to adorn the sideboard or mantelpiece in a British Raj home, creating European forms fulfilling European requirements. These same silversmiths then adopted a unique manner of embellishing these objects with a variety of different motifs that reflect local taste and carry a recognizably local pattern. This book carries a set of five essays that explore different facets of the production and consumption of Indian silver for the Raj. It considers the silverware in terms of its clearly distinguishable regional styles, which is prefaced by two thematic sections, one on calling card cases and the other on tea services, which demonstrate its wide prevalence. The visual presentation of the silverware does justice to it dazzling quality.

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