Puiforcat, Silversmith to the Maharajah

26 September 2019

Yeshwant Rao Holkar II (1908-1961), Maharajah of Indore, was an illustrious client of the Maison of Puiforcat. A discerning lover of art and beauty, as well as a prime patron of the avant-garde, he entrusted Jean Puiforcat with the task of designing his monogram and the silver table service intended for his palace, Manik Bagh.

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The Maison’s order books offer a visual reminder of the many other pieces the Maharajah ordered from Puiforcat over the years: coupe, candy box, toiletry case and many other pieces, all stunningly “modern” to match the style of the palace.

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The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is devoting an exquisite exhibition to this prestigious client and his breathtaking palace, known as Manik Bagh or “Garden of Rubies,” a veritable modernist manifesto fashioned by German architect Eckart Muthesius along with some of the greatest figures in art and design, including Constantin Brancusi, Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier.

Moderne Maharajah, Un Mécène des Années 30 (Modern Maharajah: Patron of the 1930s), from September 26, 2019 to January 12, 2020 at the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs

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