CHENNAI: The Grand Trunk Show by Taj Khazana, in association with The Great Eastern Home at Vivanta by Taj-Connemara, showcases classy coffee tables, stylish-looking ceiling panels, unusual almirahs, lengthy arm chairs and neoclassical clocks.
“With changing lifestyles, the challenging part is to get an antique piece that fits into modern living space. Antique furniture that is tasteful and classic will always be in demand. These pieces have cultural relevance,” says Sarita Hegde Roy, chief operating officer, Taj Khazana. Roy adds that it’s not only the number of decades, but also the kind of design, utility, style, rarity, wood and craftsmanship that matter.
Ranging from classic French, English, Vietnamese and Chinese to Burmese, Bhutanese and Italian, the exhibition showcases rare collection of art deco furniture and artefacts. The show includes signature pieces like a bench made in a combination of High Renaissance and Mughal style, French Pedestals, a fine gold-leaf work of the French period of 1700s, besides cabinets, bridal beds, wardrobe-dressers, chests of drawers and bookcases made of mahogany, oak, ivory, ebony, rosewood and tortoise shells.
“Antique furniture is a huge source of investment,” says Anurag Kanoria from the Great Eastern Home. “This is the first time we’re having the show in Chennai. Initially, it was launched in Hyderabad, followed by Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru,” adds Kanoria.
The exhibition is on till December 21.