Friday, 27 January 2017

Gems of the Maharaja: The Al-Thani Collection


Jade dagger (kard) dating from 1620-50 with a watered steel blade and jade hilt inlaid with gold, rubies and emeralds.
The House of Thani (Arabic: آل ثاني Al Thani‎) is the ruling family of Qatar.

About 60 jeweled objects from the private collection formed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al-Thani provides a glimpse into the evolving styles of the jeweled arts in India from the Mughal period until the early 20th century in the exhibition “Treasures from India: Jewels from the Al-Thani Collection,”
Ceremonial Sword, circa 1880-1900, from South India, Hyderabad, made of a steel blade and gold hilt inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds

Rosewater Sprinkler (gulabpash), circa 17th century (base) and late 18th century (neck), with inlaid rubies, emeralds and pearls


A brooch featuring a carved emerald bordered by calibré-cut emerald and sapphire in a stylized platinum setting by Cartier, circa 1920

Necklace (kanthi), circa 1850-75, made of gold set with diamonds and emeralds.

Turban Ornament (jigha) of the Maharaja of Nawanagar, circa 1907 and remodeled in 1935. White gold, set with diamonds, with modern feather plume.

An Aigrette Turban Ornament designed by Paul Iribe and made by Robert Linzeler, circa 1910. Platinum, set with a carved emerald, sapphires, diamonds and pearls.

“Star of Golconda” Diamond Brooch by Cartier, 2013. Platinum, set with diamonds.

The Patiala Ruby Choker by Cartier, circa 1931, restored and restrung to the original design by Cartier Tradition, Geneva, 2012. Rubies, diamonds and pearls with platinum mounts.


Turban Ornament (Sarpesh), 1825–75, North India, Jaipur. Gold, set with diamonds; enamel on reverse.

A gold finial inlaid with diamonds, rubies and emeralds from the throne of Tipu Sultan. circa 1790.

A 19th-century punch dagger with rubies, emeralds and diamonds.

A 19th-century dagger with a hilt shaped like a yali, or mythical beast.

Turban ornament (jigha). Mughal, 1675-1750. Gold, set with spinel, diamonds, and rubies

Flask, 1650–1700, North India. Rock crystal, inlaid with gold wire, rubies, and emeralds, with gold collar, stopper, and foot.

Turban ornament (sarpesh). South India, probably Hyderabad, ca. 1900. Gold, set with emeralds and diamonds.

Turban Ornament (jigha), 1775–1825, South India. Gold, set with rubies, diamonds, emeralds.

Shoulder Brooch by Cartier, circa 1924.

Jeweled Crown, ca. 1900, Nepal. Pearls, diamonds, emeralds, and rubies, with gold brocade ribs and bird of paradise plumes.

Brooch with Carved Emeralds and Diamonds by Cartier, circa 1925, modified by Cartier in 1927. Platinum, set with emeralds, diamonds and enamel.

Turban Ornament or Brooch, ca. 1935, probably France. Platinum, set with rubies and diamonds.

Brooch by JAR, 2002. Gold, set with emerald, diamonds, rubies, rock crystal and white agate.