Patiala (Punjab) Maharajah's silver dinning set - auctioned for world record price Rs. 17 crore!!

Maharajah' of Patiala's silver dinning set.

Above image:   The ostentatious  George V  silver-gilt dinner set  and service cutlery weighing  nearly 500-kg  was made in a London company 'Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Co. Sold out at  an auction held by Christie's in 2013. Most expensive dinning silver set in the world with 1400 pieces of various kinds.  With this kind  of vast pieces to prepare a royal feast and to serve various  sumptuous items, you need a host of people to do the dishes after the banquet.  Each piece of the service has a scroll and foliage border above cast and chased panels of animals, separated by cast daggers and variously engraved or cast with coat-of-arms, crown and initials.

During the royal visit, there was no dearth of entertainment.  The  active Maharajah  Bhubender Singh   kept the royal guest engaged in various sporting activities like polo matches, pig-sticking and shooting during the day, followed by small dinners and informal dances. by well-dressed gals.......................

Maharajah' of Patiala's silver dinning

Maharajah' of Patiala's silver dinning

.Maharajah' of Patiala's silver dinning

Maharajah' of Patiala's silver dinning

The erstwhile  Maharajahs of  the princely states of India  during the British rule under the Crown Administration prior to the 1940s, though  lost much of their  power and  and regal status  as the head of the state to the  canny British,  they gave  a special meaning to their extravagant life styles  matching their status and  size of land  carved out of their kingdom by British India government. Their embellished  palaces  built in Indo-European style  with big frontage, impressive columns,  halls decorated with costly  luminescent chandeliers and fine flooring set in the middle of a  well-kept lawn were suggestive of their  opulence. Expensive jewelry collections and other household items  were part of their forte. The legacies they left behind for  us throw light on their  luxurious past that  today's generation  can never imagine . 

Take the case of the Maharajah of Patiala  of Punjab  Bhupinder Singh.'  A connoisseur of expensive cars and jewelry, his  lavish dinner service set  auctioned  on  4 July 2013  by  Christie's  had set a new world record world for the dinning set. When Christie's held a highly advertised auction in London this sale of silver dinning set of an Indian Maharajah was a subject of discussion and gossip. The silver dinning  service set is supposed to be one of the world's largest and most spectacular banqueting service. It was sold out for a whooping sum no body could think of  nearly £2 million or  Rs 17 crore.  The set  included  1,400 pieces and was ordered from London.The buyer who  is believed to have been   Russian and he bought it for £1,965,875 ($$2,995,994).

The Maharajah had the service set specially commissioned  to be used  to honor the touring Royal dignitary in 1922 Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, later  King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor. The prince was on a long tour of India (1921 - 1922) as his mother queen Victoria, the Empress of India, never had set her foot on the Indian soil.  It was three day royal visit to he state which ended in an astonishing banquet on 24 Fe.1922 hosted by the Punjab ruler.

 The over expensive  George V silver-gilt dinner-service set  included such items as he 166 table-forks, 111 dessert-forks, 111 dessert-spoons, 21 table-spoons, 37 soup-spoons, six pairs of salad-servers, six pairs of asparagus-tongs, three pairs of grape-scissors, 107 table-knives with steel blades, 74 cheese-knives and 37fruit-knives . Total  weighable silver 482,572 grams. 

Maharajah Bhupinder Singh of Patiala (1891-1938) born at  Moti Bagh Palace and educated at Aitchison College, was so rich he  had his own aircraft for his personal use; being  a car freak, he had 20 RR (Rolls Royce) and would travel in a motorcade.  In 1908 when he reached 18 years of age, he was invested with power by Viceroy on 3 Nov. 1910.  After his father Rajender singh's  death since   1900 his state had been managed  by a council of Regency as the successor was a minor.