Posted on: 6 January 2013

Travancore and the Great Exhibition of London - 1851

"...An ivory state chair in the shape of a throne, reflecting the craftsmanship of the Travancore artisans, was already under construction for the Maharajah’ use and at this juncture it was thought a fit present to be sent for the Great Exhibition. The Maharajah also desired that once the exhibition was over, the throne be accepted by the Queen Victoria as a token of HH’s regards and esteem. This was fully appreciated by the Resident, Major General Cullen and the Madras Government. Accordingly, the beautiful throne along with many carvings reflecting the Travancore workmanship was sent to England along with the following letter to Her Majesty."

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Thanks to Arindam Sen and Julian Craig for the blog-link and image respectively.

Incredible .

I think I've seen it at the V&A museum London . Very pretty !

It is at the V&A

"Dickinson's Comprehensive Pictures of the Great Exhibition" which was approved by Prince Albert to document the event, contained 54 plates of folio chromolithographs, and such was the preference for Indian art that 7 of them were used to display it's contributions to the event. This chair and the footstool was used by the Prince himself at the closing ceremony of the Exhibition.