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

MARK OF THE GOLDSMITHS' AND SILVERSMITHS' COMPANY, LONDON, 1921

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THE MAHARAJA OF PATIALA'S BANQUETING-SERVICE
AN EXTENSIVE GEORGE V SILVER-GILT DINNER-SERVICE
MARK OF THE GOLDSMITHS' AND SILVERSMITHS' COMPANY, LONDON, 1921
Each 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
Comprising:

a.)
A Centrepiece
Formed 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
the stand 45 in. (114.5 cm.) wide
710 oz. (22,103 gr.)

b.)
A Set of Four Five-Light Candelabra
Each on four lion's paw feet, the stands applied with cast elephant masks, each marked on foot, on central socket and on nozzles
26 in. (66 cm.) high
gross weight 883 oz. (27,470 gr.)

c.)
A Pair of Soup-Tureens, Covers and Ladles
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.)

d.)
Two Centrepiece-Bowls
Each oval and with lion's mask-capped handles and on four lion's paw feet, each marked underneath
21½ in. (55 cm.) wide and slightly smaller
313 oz. (9,742 gr.)

e.)
A Set of Four Centrepiece-Bowls
Each circular, with spreading foot and on four lion's paw feet, each marked underneath
10½ in. (26.5 cm.) diam.
149 oz. (4,633 gr.)

f.)
A Set of Four Bowls
Each oval with lion's mask handles, the conforming base on four lion's paw feet, each marked underneath
14½ in. (37 cm.) wide
145 oz. (4,504 gr.)

g.)
A Pair of Bowls
Each oval with lion's mask handles and conforming base, each marked underneath
14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide
67 oz. (2,075 gr.)

h.)
A Set of Three Meat-Dish Covers
Each oval with a quatrefoil ogee loop handle, each marked on top and under handle
14 in. (35.5 cm.) wide
158 oz. (4,900 gr.)

i.)
A Set of Four Baskets
Each 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
10¼ in. (26 cm.) wide
131 oz. (4086 gr.)

j.)
A Set of Twenty Sauceboats and Twenty Sauce-Ladles
Each oval double-lipped on conforming foot, the scroll handles incorporating cast lion's masks, each marked underneath
8 in. (20.5 cm.) wide
460 oz. (14,293 gr.)

k.)
A Set of Eleven Entrée-Dishes and Covers
Each 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
12 in. (30.6 cm.) wide over handles
677 oz. (21,069 gr.)

l.)
A Set of Six Entrée-Dishes and Covers
Each oval, three with conforming quatrefoil ogee loop handles, three handles lacking, each marked underneath
12½ in. (31.5 cm.) wide
353 oz. (10,981 gr.)

m.)
A Set of Thirty-Seven Soup-Plates
Each shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked underneath
9½ in. (24 cm.) diam.
725 oz. (22,542 gr.)

n.)
A Set of One Hundred Forty-Eight Dessert-Plates
Each shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked underneath
8¼ in. (21 cm.) diam.
1,840 oz. (57,239 gr.)

o.)
One Hundred Eighty-Three Dinner-Plates,
Each shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked underneath
9¾ in. (24.5 cm.) diam.
3,575 oz. (110,194 gr.)

p.)
A Set of Six Meat-Dishes
Each shaped oval, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back
19½ in. (50 cm.) wide
359 oz. (11,149 gr.)

q.)
A Set of Twelve Meat-Dishes
Each shaped oval, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back
18 in. (45.6 cm.) wide
743 oz. (23,123 gr.)

r.)
A Set of Six Meat-Dishes
Each shaped oblong, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back
15½ in. (39.2 cm.) wide
266 oz. (8,271 gr.)

s.)
A Set of Three Fish-Dishes and Three Mazarines
Each 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
26 in. (66 cm.) wide
429 oz. (13,328 gr.)

t.)
A Set of Six Deep Second-Course Dishes
Each shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back
14¼ in. (36 cm.) diam.
314 oz. (9,760 gr.)

u.)
A Set of Three Salvers
Each shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back
18¾ in. (47.7 cm.) diam.
312 oz. (7,718 gr.)

v.)
A Set of Six Salvers
Each shaped circular, the border cast with animals in medallions surrounded by flowers, further cast with initials and a crown, each marked on the back
14¾ in. (37 cm.) wide
345 oz. (10,729 gr.)

w.)
Three Coffee-Pots
Each 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
9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) high
gross weight 86 oz. (2,682 gr.)

x.)
Three Hot-Water Jugs
Each 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
10 in. (25.3 cm.) high
82 oz. (2,548 gr.)

y.)
Three Sugar-Bowls and Three Pairs of Sugar-Tongs
Each on circular spreading foot with lion mask-capped scrolling handles, each marked underneath
7½ in. (19 cm.) wide over handles
39 oz. (1,208 gr.)

z.)
A Set of Eighteen Mustard-Pots and Eighteen Mustard-Spoons
Each on circular spreading foot with lion mask-capped scrolling handles, the hinged cover with bud finial, each marked underneath and inside cover
4 1/8 in. (10.4 cm.) high
148 oz. (4,580 gr.)

aa.)
A Set of Eighteen Salt-Cellars and Eighteen Salt-Spoons
Each circular on spreading foot, each with a salt-spoon, each marked underneath
3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) diam.
103 oz. (3,308 gr.)

ab.)
A Set of Eighteen Pepperettes
Each vase-shaped on spreading foot, the detachable cover with bud finial, each marked near rim and on cover bezel
4¾ in. (12 cm.) high
54 oz. (1,671 gr.)

ac.)
Forty-Three Finger-Bowls
Each circular on conforming base, each marked underneath
4 5/8 in. (11.6 cm.) diam.
311 oz. (9,658 gr.)

ad.)
A Set of Six Sugar-Casters
Each vase shaped on spreading foot, the detachable cover pierced and with bud finial, each marked underneath and on cover bezel
7¼ in. (18.5 cm) high
58 oz. (1,790 gr.)

ae.)
Two Cruet-Stands
Each 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
8½ in. (21 cm.) wide
44 oz. (1,373 gr.)

af.)
A Set of Twelve Almond-Dishes
Each 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
7½ in. (19 cm.) wide
79 oz. (2,456 gr.)

ag.)
A Table-Service
Each 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:

One-hundred and sixty six table-forks
One-hundred and eleven dessert-forks
One-hundred and eleven dessert-spoons
Twenty-one table-spoons
Thirty-seven soup-spoons
Thirty-seven coffee-spoons
Six pairs of salad-servers
Two pairs of fish-servers
Six pairs of asparagus-tongs
Six ginger-spoons
Three pairs of grape-scissors
Six spoons with shell shaped bowls
and the following with filled handles
One-hundred and seven table-knives with steel blades
Seventy-four cheese-knives with steel blades
Thirty-seven fruit-knives with silver-gilt blades
Thirty-seven fruit-forks with silver-gilt tines
Thirty-seven fish-knives with silver-gilt blades
Thirty-seven fish-forks with silver-gilt tines
Three melon-knives with silver-gilt blades
Three melon-forks with silver-gilt blades
total weighable silver 15,547 oz. (482,572 gr.)
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.
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.
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Lot Essay

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.

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