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Amin Jaffer’s greatest hits

Amin Jaffer’s greatest hits
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First Published: Wed, Nov 30 2011. 01 10 AM IST

Dream theatre: Silver bed, with life-size nudes, made for the Nawab of Bahawalpur by Christofle in 1882.
Dream theatre: Silver bed, with life-size nudes, made for the Nawab of Bahawalpur by Christofle in 1882.
Updated: Thu, Dec 01 2011. 05 25 PM IST
Dream theatre: Silver bed, with life-size nudes, made for the Nawab of Bahawalpur by Christofle in 1882.
Amin Jaffer, international director of Asian art at Christie’s, has spent a lifetime studying the lifestyles of India’s once rich and famous. His books depict lives and worlds of sumptuous wealth, audacious tastes, and path-breaking design innovations.
While many maharajas and their retinues were happy to commission quintessentially Western objects, others sought to meld their own tastes with Western craftsmanship. For Jaffer, the result has been books full of spectacle. We asked him to dip into his years of experience and pick out what he thinks are some of the greatest objects ever commissioned by the maharajas.
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First Published: Wed, Nov 30 2011. 01 10 AM IST