Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection – spectacular examples of Indian Jewellery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London
Until 28th March 2016
The exhibition Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection that is on at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 21st November 2015 – 28th March 2016, explores the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.
In this sparkling exhibition are spectacular pieces, precious jewellery and many treasures including Mughal jades and rare jewels from the throne of Tipu Sultan. This is the chance for all jewellery lovers to discover over a hundred precious stones from the private Indian collection of Al Thani. The pieces exhibited reveal the changes in Indian jewellery design that were effected during the early 20th century. The Victoria and Albert Museum underlines the influence of the Indian Maharajahs on certain avant-garde European designers, and notably amongst them, Cartier and other leading houses. A visit to the exhibition Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection concludes with some contemporary pieces made by JAR and Bhagat, inspired by a creative fusion between Mughal motifs and Art Deco ‘Indian’ designs.
The antique specialists Wartski, who were founded in North Wales 150 years ago, have sponsored Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection exhibition. They are known for goldsmiths’ work, antique jewellery and Russian pieces such as those by Fabergeé. With each piece in turn, the Victoria and Albert Museum illustrates the appeal of tradition combined with a desire for modernity in the creation of Indian jewellery. For all wishing to fully penetrate the mysteries of precious stones in India and Europe, this exhibition curated by the largest museum for art and design in the world is made for you. With this event, the Victoria and Albert Museum offers a dazzling journey amongst the splendours of Indian jewellery.
For further details on the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum
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