East Meets West
Jewels of the Maharajas from the Al Thani Collection
This stunning book focuses on four centuries of magnificent jewelry that resulted from the cultural exchange between India and Europe.
From the dawn of the Mughal Empire through the end of the British Raj, exquisite pieces of jewelry from or inspired by India traveled between Europe and Asia. This book features more than 150 objects, including jewel-encrusted jades, famous gemstones, enameled gold, and other precious works of art that range in date from the 17th century to the 1930s, along with exquisite contemporary examples by JAR and Baghat that draw from earlier motifs. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, Indian jewelry and works of art developed Persian and Muslim influences brought over by the Mughal Empire while European styles and craftsmanship traveled to India via the British Raj. As illustrated in this elegant book, 20th-century influences flowed in the opposite direction when Indian jewelry inspired European designers to make pieces in the Indian style. East Meets West also showcases the significant role that gender played, as Indian men adorned themselves with treasures worn exclusively by women in Europe. With fascinating essays and beautiful photographs, this book illustrates the cultural and artistic conversations that resulted in some of the most gorgeous jewelry ever created.
MARTIN CHAPMAN is Curator in Charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. His most recent books include The Sculpture of Auguste Rodin at the Legion of Honor and Breguet: Art and Innovation in Watchmaking (both by Prestel).