Five-Piece Tea Service | P.Orr & Sons, Madras, 1876.
Indian Silver for the Raj
Jul 07, 2012 – Apr 07, 2013Focus Galleries 1 & 2
Indian Silver for the Raj features selections from a magnificent collection of colonial Indian silver recently acquired by VMFA, and complements this summer's banner exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendors of India's Great Kings.
The first gallery investigates the Anglo-Indian encounter through three types of silver objects: the calling-card case, so essential to English etiquette; the rosewater sprinkler, similarly indispensable to Indian protocol; and the tea service, the quintessential meeting ground of these two cultures. The second gallery explores the stylistic variety of Raj-period silver objects produced in different regions of India. Indian Silver for the Raj explores both cultural convergence and regional diversity.