Opulent, Extravagant and Historical

A 120-year-old bed, a glass and porcelain chandelier and a ceremonial Howdah from the British Raj are some of the pieces on display at the Grand Trunk Show at the Taj Falaknuma Palace that began on Thursday

Published: 14th February 2014 08:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2014 08:16 AM   |  A+A-


Looking for something really grand and rich with history to add to your abode? Then the Grand Trunk show being held at Taj Falaknuma may be just for you. Guests can look forward to purchasing a slice of history from the various antique pieces of furniture curated by The Great Eastern Home in collaboration with Taj Khazana.

For instance, signature pieces like a Chinese opium bed, the Duke of Buckingham’s State Howdah, Pharaonic set, Naga and Burmese Totem poles and French pedestals with fine gold leaf work are some of the collectibles on display. The show is a part of the Taj Falaknuma Festival that was initiated this year, and is curated by Anurag Khanoria of The Great Eastern Home.

Sarita Hegde Roy, chief operating officer, Taj Khazana tells us more.

“When we opened the store after the Taj Falaknuma was restored, a lot of guests came up to us requesting to buy some of the pieces or reproductions of the original pieces on display. After Princess Esra lent us some of the pieces from the Nizam’s collection to be replicated, we were looking for a partner for the need of craftsmanship and we found it in the Great Eastern Home,” she explains.

The entire collection has furniture dating back to the Tudor, Classic French, Chinese and Art Deco, Rococo and Neo-classical periods. From the Howdah (the canopy of which was redone) that stands at the entrance to Taj Khazana, one can make their way around to the various marble topped and hand painted French consoles and Italian style cabinets, chairs and 120-year-old sofa sets placed around the store, all dating back to the 1800s. The reason behind the particular time period being on display is  that the curators wanted the pieces to complement the palace, explians architect Alexander Dolea who worked on some of the restoration of the antiques. 

A definite eye catching piece is the Ottoman wooden side table with camel-bone inlay work; it is an extravagant buy at `2,60,000. A wooden side-table carved in the shape of steps priced at `82,750 is quite the steal along with glassware, lamps, and beautiful pieces crafted from pewter. As you continue the walk up to the coronation hall, you will find an 120-year old original Opium bed from the Qing dynasty which, as the name suggests, was used by Opium smokers; the heavy drapes ensconcing the bed were meant to prevent the smoke from dissipating soon. There is a bridal bed as well from the same era which is similarly built, but with sliding windows for privacy. A Tunisian bench over 110 years old is priced at `4,70,000 while a Portuguese European style cabinet worth `11,70,000 and a tapestry painted by Spanish nuns worth `47,00,000 are some of the oldest pieces in the Grand Trunk Show.

An original exquisite French glass and porcelain chandelier, cherub lamps, a restored French makeup desk, Burmese figurines over a 100-years-old and Georgian and Edwardian chairs are what you will find in the boudoir and study recreated by Alexander Dolea in the coronation hall.

The Grand Trunk Show will be held at Taj Falaknuma till February 18 before travelling to select Taj properties in New Delhi and Mumbai. The show comes with a 40-minute explanatory tour by Dolea, spread across the palace property.


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