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Made for Maharajas: A Design Diary of Princely India Amin Jaffer

Based equally in the archives of firms such as Louis Vuitton, Boucheron, Chaumet and Herm├Ęs, and in palace and private collections, this book explores the role of maharajas in an age of high spending and fashion. It brings together original designs with surviving objects, exploring for the first time the creative dialogue between Indian princes and the skilled tradesmen who produced wonders for their delectation. Married to the objects themselves are the absorbing and often humourous accounts of how maharajas indulged their tastes with unparalleled extravagance and aplomb.