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The Maharaja of Patiala’s Banqueting Service (1921)
An important and extensive George V silver-gilt dinner service;
bears the mark of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, London
Estimated price: $1,600,000-2,300,000
Price realised: $2,995,994

It is always a pleasure to dine in style and at a recent sale at Christie’s I was able to see just how lavishly this could be done by a Maharaja. We were fortunate to be offering a dinner service, originally for 200 guests, which was commissioned by the Maharaja of Patiala in honour of a tour of India in 1922 by Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor. 

Made by the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company, a venerable London firm which merged with Garrards, the dinner service was sold for $2.9 million and set a new world auction record for an English dinner service.

The extensive George V silver-gilt dinner service comprised over 1,400 pieces and was ordered from London to honour a
three-day royal visit which culminated in a magnificent banquet on February 24, 1922.

The Maharaja was a colourful character. He was Captain of the Indian cricket team, the first man in India to own an aircraft and is said to have travelled in a fleet of 20 Rolls Royces.

Christie’s Exceptional Sale was held in London on July 4, 2013. For more information, please visit www.christies.com.

First published in The Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 28, 2013.