The fifty pieces in this volume, dating from the 15th to the late 19th century, demonstrate the diversity and skill of Indian craftsmanship and tell a fascinating story about the changing role of domestic objects and their use in the subcontinent. They illustrate the subtle interaction between European and Indian tastes and sensibilities, and chart the course of colonial patronage. Many pieces illustrated here have never been published before, and Amin Jaffer's scholarly yet accessible text throws new light on a rich and largely unexplored tradition.
Dr Amin Jaffer is a curator in the Department of Asian Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He is an expert on the decorative arts of colonial India and is a regular lecturer and contributor to periodicals on this subject. He is also the author of Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum (V&A Publications, 2001).