The Victoria & Albert Museum will launch The Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection exhibition on 21 November 2015. Spectacular objects, drawn from a single private collection, will explore the broad themes of tradition and modernity in Indian jewellery.
Highlights will include Mughal jades, a rare jewelled gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan, and pieces that reveal the dramatic changes that took place in Indian jewellery design during the early 20th century. The exhibition will examine the influence that India had on avant-garde European jewellery made by Cartier and other leading houses and will conclude with contemporary pieces made by JAR and Bhagat, which are inspired by a creative fusion of Mughal motifs and Art Deco ‘Indian’ designs. The Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum is on 21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016.
Diamond turban jewel made for the Maharaja of Nawanagar 1907; remodelled in 1935. Photo: The Al Thani Collection © Servette Overseas Limited, 2014.