Have You Seen the Maharaja of Patiala's $3mn Dinner Service?
Image courtesy: Christie's
The Maharaja of Patiala could easily have been crowned the King of Good Times in the early 20th century.
So it shouldn't be any wonder then, that he commissioned a 1400-piece gold-plated silver dinner service for a dinner given in 1922 for the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII).
The service, which includes over 40 types of items, has gone on permanent display at the Faberge Museum in Baden-Baden. Bought for $2,995,994 in July 2013 at Christie's, the dinner service has the distinction of being the world's largest silver banquet service, the largest royal service, the largest English service ever made, and the world's most expensive gold-plated silver service.
Made for 200 people, the dinner service could originally be packed into 12 trunks. Each piece was decorated with a scroll and foliage border and panels of animals, daggers and the royal coat-of-arms, crown and initials. The entire service weighed about 600kg.
Interestingly, since this was the only dinner set in the world that could serve 200, it was regularly shipped to the royal court in Britain, where guests were said to have snuck away pieces as souvenirs.
The Maharaja of Patiala's dinner service went on permanent display at the Faberge Museum on February 1, 2014.
Via Art Daily
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