Rare Indian artifact: Maharaja of Mysore’s 1825 State Carriage up for auction
Called as Rajarshi or ‘saintly king’ by Mahatma Gandhi and Lord Curzon for his farsighted and benevolent administration, the ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Mysore from 1902 until his death in 1940, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, also popularly known as Nalwadi Krishna Raja Wadiyar is regarded as one of the most celebrated and enlightened rulers among the Indian States when India was still under British rule. This philosopher-king was one of the world’s wealthiest men at the time of his death, with a personal fortune estimated in 1940 to be worth $400 million, which would be equivalent to $56 billion in 2010 prices. Now, an artistic horse drawn state carriage owned Mysore’s Maharaja, which was used exclusively for the royal family of Mysore and to transport European Royalty, including Her Majesty Queen Victoria, and His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, will be auctioned in Britain by auctioneer Historics at Brookland on 24th Nov.
Described to an extremely rare Indian artifact, this 200-year-old Maharaja of Mysore’s 1825 State Carriage which is in excellent condition is of British origin, and given the design and detailing throughout, it could be easily regarded as an intricate work of art.
Thought to be last used at the 1927 Chamundi Religious Festival, this coach which can also be seen in a wall painting at the iconic Mysore Palace Museum features an ornately finished cruciform body with a vaulted, decorated domed roof, situated atop double elliptic springs and iron bound artillery patterned wheels.
Boasting 16 drop-down windows, masterly decorated panels and shutters for Royal privacy, this state carriage comes in olive green color which is embellished with delicate meander boarders, heraldic and floral motifs and the family coat of arms.
Further, the interior is upholstered in beige damask, the roof has decorative paintwork, and the exterior houses 2-seats for the usage of servants and courtiers.
Notably, this coach was earlier offered at auction held on Friday 22nd Feb. 1974 by an Australian firm, Leonard Joel, and was later exhibited at Sotheby’s Olympia on 1991.
Estimated to fetch as much as between $111,280 and $158,960, this incredibly rare classic car of Indian royalty was acquired by the vendor some 2 years ago.
Speaking about the vintage rides of the Indian Royals, we have earlier seen the sale of Maharajah of Rewa’s custom-made 1912 Lanchester limousine, and the Custom-made Rolls-Royce ‘The Star of India’ which was expected to fetch $14,138,000, to become one of the world’s most expensive cars.
Via: Thanks Rahul! Historics