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THE MAHARAJA OF PATIALA'S BANQUETING-SERVICE AN EXTENSIVE GEORGE V SILVER-GILT DINNER-SERVICE
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THE MAHARAJA OF PATIALA'S BANQUETING-SERVICE\nAN EXTENSIVE GEORGE V SILVER-GILT DINNER-SERVICE\nMARK OF THE GOLDSMITHS' AND SILVERSMITHS' COMPANY, LONDON, 1921\nEach piece with a scroll and foliage border above cast and chased panels of animals, separated by cast daggers, variously engraved or cast with coat-of-arms, crown and initials\nComprising:\n\na.)\nA Centrepiece\nFormed as three bowls supported on shaped conforming stand, the flower and foliage decorated feet applied with cast elephant's mask, the handles of the bowls with cast lion's masks, marked under bowls and under stand\nthe stand 45 in. (114.5 cm.) wide\n710 oz. (22,103 gr.)\n\nb.)\nA Set of Four Five-Light Candelabra\nEach on four lion's paw feet, the stands applied with cast elephant masks, each marked on foot, on central socket and on nozzles\n26 in. (66 cm.) high\ngross weight 883 oz. (27,470 gr.)\n\nc.)\nA Pair of Soup-Tureens, Covers and Ladles\nWith lion's mask-capped handles, the detachable covers with quatrefoil ogee loop handles, marked under base, on handle and on cover bezel 17¾ in. (45 cm.) wide over handles\n306 oz. (9,522 gr.)\n\nd.)\nTwo Centrepiece-Bowls\nEach oval and with lion's mask-capped handles and on four lion's paw feet, each marked underneath\n21½ in. (55 cm.) wide and slightly smaller\n313 oz. (9,742 gr.)\n\ne.)\nA Set of Four Centrepiece-Bowls\nEach circular, with spreading foot and on four lion's paw feet, each marked underneath\n10½ in. (26.5 cm.) diam.\n149 oz. (4,633 gr.)\n\nf.)\nA Set of Four Bowls\nEach oval with lion's mask handles, the conforming base on four lion's paw feet, each marked underneath\n14½ in. (37 cm.) wide\n145 oz. (4,504 gr.)\n\ng.)\nA Pair of Bowls\nEach oval with lion's mask handles and conforming base, each marked underneath\n14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide\n67 oz. (2,075 gr.)\n\nh.)\nA Set of Three Meat-Dish Covers\nEach oval with a quatrefoil ogee loop handle, each marked on top and under handle\n14 in. (35.5 cm.) wide\n158 oz. (4,900 gr.)\n\ni.)\nA Set of Four Baskets\nEach shell-shaped with openwork sides and on three lion's paw feet, with rising lion's mask-capped scroll handles, the back applied with cast elephant mask, each marked near border\n10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide\n131 oz. (4086 gr.)\n\nj.)\nA Set of Twenty Sauceboats and Twenty Sauce-Ladles\nEach oval double-lipped on conforming foot, the scroll handles incorporating cast lion's masks, each marked underneath\n8 in. (20.5 cm.) wide\n460 oz. (14,293 gr.)\n\nk.)\nA Set of Eleven Entrée-Dishes and Covers\nEach circular with two lion's mask-capped scroll handles, the detachable covers with quatrefoil ogee-loop handles, five with detachable tripartite part-pierced dividers, with a further cover and handle each marked underneath, inside cover and on handle\n12 in. (30.6 cm.) wide over handles\n677 oz. (21,069 gr.)\n\nl.)\nA Set of Six Entrée-Dishes and Covers\nEach oval, three with conforming quatrefoil ogee loop handles, three handles lacking, each marked underneath\n12½ in. (31.5 cm.) wide\n353 oz. (10,981 gr.)\n\nm.)\nA Set of Thirty-Seven Soup-Plates\nEach shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked underneath\n9½ in. (24 cm.) diam.\n725 oz. (22,542 gr.)\n\nn.)\nA Set of One Hundred Forty-Eight Dessert-Plates\nEach shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked underneath\n8¼ in. (21 cm.) diam.\n1,840 oz. (57,239 gr.)\n\no.)\nOne Hundred Eighty-Three Dinner-Plates,\nEach shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked underneath\n9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) diam.\n3,575 oz. (110,194 gr.)\n\np.)\nA Set of Six Meat-Dishes\nEach shaped oval, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back\n19½ in. (50 cm.) wide\n359 oz. (11,149 gr.)\n\nq.)\nA Set of Twelve Meat-Dishes\nEach shaped oval, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back\n18 in. (45.6 cm.) wide\n743 oz. (23,123 gr.)\n\nr.)\nA Set of Six Meat-Dishes\nEach shaped oblong, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back\n15½ in. (39.2 cm.) wide\n266 oz. (8,271 gr.)\n\ns.)\nA Set of Three Fish-Dishes and Three Mazarines\nEach shaped oval, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each fitted with a conforming detachable mazarine, each marked on the back\n26 in. (66 cm.) wide\n429 oz. (13,328 gr.)\n\nt.)\nA Set of Six Deep Second-Course Dishes\nEach shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back\n14¼ in. (36 cm.) diam.\n314 oz. (9,760 gr.)\n\nu.)\nA Set of Three Salvers\nEach shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back\n18¾ in. (47.7 cm.) diam.\n312 oz. (7,718 gr.)\n\nv.)\nA Set of Six Salvers\nEach shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back\n14¾ in. (37 cm.) wide\n345 oz. (10,729 gr.)\n\nw.)\nThree Coffee-Pots\nEach tapering cylindrical and on circular spreading foot with scrolling ivory-insulated leaf-capped handle, the hinged cover with bud finial, each marked below handle, inside cover and on handle\n9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high\ngross weight 86 oz. (2,682 gr.)\n\nx.)\nThree Hot-Water Jugs\nEach tapering cylindrical and on circular spreading foot with ogee-formed spout and ivory-insulated scrolling leaf-capped handle, the hinged cover with bud finial, each marked below handle, inside cover and on handle\n10 in. (25.3 cm.) high\n82 oz. (2,548 gr.)\n\ny.)\nThree Sugar-Bowls and Three Pairs of Sugar-Tongs\nEach on circular spreading foot with lion mask-capped scrolling handles, each marked underneath\n7½ in. (19 cm.) wide over handles\n39 oz. (1,208 gr.)\n\nz.)\nA Set of Eighteen Mustard-Pots and Eighteen Mustard-Spoons\nEach on circular spreading foot with lion mask-capped scrolling handles, the hinged cover with bud finial, each marked underneath and inside cover\n4 1/8 in. (10.4 cm.) high\n148 oz. (4,580 gr.)\n\naa.)\nA Set of Eighteen Salt-Cellars and Eighteen Salt-Spoons\nEach circular on spreading foot, each with a salt-spoon, each marked underneath\n3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) diam.\n103 oz. (3,308 gr.)\n\nab.)\nA Set of Eighteen Pepperettes\nEach vase-shaped on spreading foot, the detachable cover with bud finial, each marked near rim and on cover bezel\n4¾ in. (12 cm.) high\n54 oz. (1,671 gr.)\n\nac.)\nForty-Three Finger-Bowls\nEach circular on conforming base, each marked underneath\n4 5/8 in. (11.6 cm.) diam.\n311 oz. (9,658 gr.)\n\nad.)\nA Set of Six Sugar-Casters\nEach vase shaped on spreading foot, the detachable cover pierced and with bud finial, each marked underneath and on cover bezel\n7¼ in. (18.5 cm) high\n58 oz. (1,790 gr.)\n\nae.)\nTwo Cruet-Stands\nEach boat-shaped with rising lion mask-capped scroll ends and on four lion's paw feet, with quatrefoil ogee loop handle, bottles lacking, each marked underneath\n8½ in. (21 cm.) wide\n44 oz. (1,373 gr.)\n\naf.)\nA Set of Twelve Almond-Dishes\nEach shaped oval and on four paw feet, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back\n7½ in. (19 cm.) wide\n79 oz. (2,456 gr.)\n\nag.)\nA Table-Service\nEach piece with a scroll and foliage and border and decorated with a palmette, die-stamped with a cypher below a crown on one side and either a coat-of-arms or an elephant on the other, comprising:\n\nOne-hundred and sixty six table-forks\nOne-hundred and eleven dessert-forks\nOne-hundred and eleven dessert-spoons\nTwenty-one table-spoons\nThirty-seven soup-spoons\nThirty-seven coffee-spoons\nSix pairs of salad-servers\nTwo pairs of fish-servers\nSix pairs of asparagus-tongs\nSix ginger-spoons\nThree pairs of grape-scissors\nSix spoons with shell shaped bowls\nand the following with filled handles\nOne-hundred and seven table-knives with steel blades\nSeventy-four cheese-knives with steel blades\nThirty-seven fruit-knives with silver-gilt blades\nThirty-seven fruit-forks with silver-gilt tines\nThirty-seven fish-knives with silver-gilt blades\nThirty-seven fish-forks with silver-gilt tines\nThree melon-knives with silver-gilt blades\nThree melon-forks with silver-gilt blades\ntotal weighable silver 15,547 oz. (482,572 gr.)
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Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1891-1938) was born at Moti Bagh Palace and educated at Aitchison College. On the death of his father, Maharaja Rajinder Singh, on 9 November 1900 he succeeded as Maharaja of Patiala, though a Council of Regency ruled in his name until he took partial powers shortly before his 18th birthday on 1 October 1909, and was invested with full powers by the Viceroy of India, the 4th Earl of Minto, on 3 November 1910.

Singh was actively involved in Indian politics and in representing India on the world stage, for example serving on the General Staff in France, Belgium, Italy and Palestine in the First World War as an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, later being promoted Honorary Major-General in 1918 and Honorary Lieutenant-General in 1931. He also represented India at the League of Nations in 1925, and was chancellor of the Indian Chamber of Princes for 10 years from 1926 until his death in 1938. He married ten times, having had 88 children by his wives and concubines.

This extensive service gives an insight into the lavish lifestyle of the Maharaja. His wealth and status was such that he was the first man in India to own an aircraft, for which the Patiala Aviation Club was founded. He and his wife patronised some of the leading makers in the world, such as Cartier, whom they commissioned to mount the De Beers diamond as the centrepiece of the magnificent 'Patiala Necklace'. Singh was also an avid and early motorcar enthusiast, indeed legend has it that he would travel in a motorcade of 20 Rolls Royces, however in 1930 he had a falling out with Rolls Royce who he felt slighted him by refusing to accept an order. Such was his power and influence in India that a campaign by him forced the Viceroy to pressure Rolls Royce to change their decision.

Singh was also an avid and talented cricketer, with him acting as captain of the Indian cricket team that visited England 1911 and again in 1932, although he was forced to drop out of the second tour for health reasons.

Edward, Prince of Wales' Visit to Patiala

The Prince travelled to Patiala by train arriving at 8.30 am on the morning of the 22nd February. He was met by the Maharaja and a large reception party, the royal suite was then escorted by the State cavalry to the Moti Bagh Palace through streets lined with people. The Times report at the time commented on the scene, '...the road, with its lavish decorations, its elephants, and its gaily dressed throngs, was most picturesque.' On his arrival at the palace the Prince reviewed the troops and then, accompanied by the Maharaja, ventured out on his horse into the huge crowd which included some 10,000 former soldiers who had served in the First World War. This part of the Prince's tour was partly intended as a restful time for the Prince and after the review there was no official timetable. The Maharaja entertained the Prince with polo matches, pig-sticking, and shooting. The dinners were small and the dances informal. Only on the last evening was a large event held. The State Banquet for 200 people, for which this dinner service was commissioned, was a lavish send off for the Royal guest who departed for Lahore by train at 11.00 that evening following the dinner.

title

THE MAHARAJA OF PATIALA'S BANQUETING-SERVICE AN EXTENSIVE GEORGE V SILVER-GILT DINNER-SERVICE

prelot

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

keywords

early 20th Century, All other categories of objects, decorative tableware & centre pieces, silver, England, Victorian

department

EUROPEAN FURNITURE & WORKS OF ART

dimensions

the stand 45 in. (114.5 cm.) wide 710 oz. (22,103 gr.) 26 in. (66 cm.) high gross weight 883 oz. (27,470 gr.) With lion's mask-capped handles, the detachable covers with quatrefoil ogee loop handles, marked under base, on handle and on cover bezel 17¾ in. (45 cm.) wide over handles 306 oz. (9,522 gr.) 21½ in. (55 cm.) wide and slightly smaller 313 oz. (9,742 gr.) 10½ in. (26.5 cm.) diam. 149 oz. (4,633 gr.) 14½ in. (37 cm.) wide 145 oz. (4,504 gr.) 14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide 67 oz. (2,075 gr.) 14 in. (35.5 cm.) wide 158 oz. (4,900 gr.) 10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide 131 oz. (4086 gr.) 8 in. (20.5 cm.) wide 460 oz. (14,293 gr.) 12 in. (30.6 cm.) wide over handles 677 oz. (21,069 gr.) 12½ in. (31.5 cm.) wide 353 oz. (10,981 gr.) 9½ in. (24 cm.) diam. 725 oz. (22,542 gr.) 8¼ in. (21 cm.) diam. 1,840 oz. (57,239 gr.) 9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) diam. 3,575 oz. (110,194 gr.) 19½ in. (50 cm.) wide 359 oz. (11,149 gr.) 18 in. (45.6 cm.) wide 743 oz. (23,123 gr.) 15½ in. (39.2 cm.) wide 266 oz. (8,271 gr.) 26 in. (66 cm.) wide 429 oz. (13,328 gr.) 14¼ in. (36 cm.) diam. 314 oz. (9,760 gr.) 18¾ in. (47.7 cm.) diam. 312 oz. (7,718 gr.) 14¾ in. (37 cm.) wide 345 oz. (10,729 gr.) 9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high gross weight 86 oz. (2,682 gr.) 10 in. (25.3 cm.) high 82 oz. (2,548 gr.) 7½ in. (19 cm.) wide over handles 39 oz. (1,208 gr.) 4 1/8 in. (10.4 cm.) high 148 oz. (4,580 gr.) 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) diam. 103 oz. (3,308 gr.) 4¾ in. (12 cm.) high 54 oz. (1,671 gr.) 4 5/8 in. (11.6 cm.) diam. 311 oz. (9,658 gr.) 7¼ in. (18.5 cm) high 58 oz. (1,790 gr.) 8½ in. (21 cm.) wide 44 oz. (1,373 gr.) 7½ in. (19 cm.) wide 79 oz. (2,456 gr.) total weighable silver 15,547 oz. (482,572 gr.)

literature

J. Culme, The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths Jewellers and Allied Traders 1838-1914, From the London Assay Office Registers, Woodbridge, 1987, vol. I, p. 184.

provenance

Commissioned by the Maharaja of Patiala in honour of a tour of India by Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor, in 1922 and used at the State Banquet held in the Prince's honour on 24 February 1922.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1891-1938).

Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, Belgravia, 15 December 1977, lot 256.

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