Nearly 200-yr-old Indian royal carriage to be auctioned in UK
Story Dated: Friday, November 9, 2012 17:20 hrs IST
London: A nearly 200-year-old magnificent and rare Indian royal state carriage, once owned by the Maharaja of Mysore will go under the hammer in the UK and is expected to fetch up to 100,000 pounds.
The Maharaja of Mysore's 1825 State Carriage with British royalty credentials will be auctioned on November 24 at an estimated auction value of 70,000-100,000 pounds, Historics at Brooklands, a specialist classic vehicle auctioneer said.
The horse-drawn State Carriage is believed to be of British origin and was used for engagements by the Maharaja to transport European royalty - including the Prince of Wales.
The Carriage has elegant design and sumptuous detailing that can be seen in a wall painting of it at the Mysore Palace Museum in Karnataka.
The imposing carriage features an ornately finished cruciform body with a vaulted, domed roof, situated atop double elliptic springs and iron-bound artillery patterned wheels.
The base colour is olive green embellished with delicate meander boarders, floral and heraldic motifs and the family coat of arms. Most of the sixteen windows offer drop-down, decorated panels and shutters for privacy.
The interior is upholstered in beige damask and the roof has decorative paintwork, carved border mouldings and finials.
The exterior houses two seats that would have been used for servants and courtiers, the auctioneer said in a statement.
The coach - one of a significant number of antiques offered by the Maharaja in 1974 - was successfully auctioned that year in Australia, and later exhibited at the Fine Art and Antiques Fair in London in 1991.
After a light restoration work, the carriage is now being offered at an estimated auction value of 70,000-100,000 pounds.