Just perfect for one’s banquet! Christie’s to sell magnificent dining set worth £1.5m (but you’d need to wash up all 1,400 pieces)
- Dining-set commissioned for 1922 Royal tour of India is up for auction
- It’s part of Christe’s Exceptional Sale taking place next month
- Almost 50 lots are to go under the hammer – expected to raise £18m
If you are preparing for a royal feast and don’t mind doing a big washing up afterwards, this may be the perfect dining set for you – should you have £1.5million to spare.
The magnificent set was commissioned by the Maharaja of Patiala in honour of a Royal tour of India by the then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, in 1922.
This George V dinner-service, comprised of over 1,400 individual pieces, is up for auction as part of The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s next week and is estimated to make £1-£1.5million.
Commissioning such an extravagant set was not considered an unexpected move by Maharaja of Patiala, Bhupinder Singh.
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh was known for his love of showing off his wealth and status and was a welcome guest in the royal houses of Europe.
He was the first man to own an aircraft, and purposely built his own runway to fly it.
The Maharaja later famously befriended Adolf Hitler in 1935, after which the Nazi leader gifted him a personalized Maybach car, as well as ‘Lignose, Walther and Luger pistols’, according to his grandson Raja Malvinder Singh in his book The Automobiles of the Maharajas.
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh 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’, made up of 2,390 diamonds.
Royal shine: The dinner-service contains over 1,400 separate pieces all made from silver gilded with gold
The Christies auction, which will take place on 4 July 2013 brings together 48 lots ’which are linked by a common attribute: excellence,’ according to the auctioneer, and expected to fetch in excess of £18 million.
‘The Exceptional Sale’ has become a well-established highlight of the auction calendar and once again this year we offer the collector the very best European decorative arts and furniture,’ said Robert Copley, Deputy Chairman Christie’s UK, International Head of Furniture and Decorative Arts.
‘From a magnificent coffee-pot made by England’s finest silversmith to furniture made by France’s greatest cabinet maker; from a Maharaja’s dinner-service to a porcelain vase-clock from the Palace of Versailles.’
As well as the dining set, the auction includes a Rococo coffee pot which is expected to become the most valuable piece of English silver ever to be sold at auction.
The Lequesne silver coffee-pot, created in 1738 for a successful merchant, is expected to make between £3.5 million – £4.5 million.
Solid silver: The Rococo pot has an estimated sales price of between £3.5million and £4.5million