Glass And Cut Glass Objects
Imported from Europe and made of glass and cut glass, these champagne cups as well as wine, whisky and liquor glasses and a variety of bowls became popular in Bikaner at the turn of the nineteenth century. Some of the fine examples of these are shown here. A formidable quantity of such pieces were kept in the palace store for large parties.
Though Indian has an ancient tradition of glass making, it was only after the coming of mughals and the British that glassware became popular and entered the arena of aristocratic daily life.
By the late Nineteenth century, a new styler of palace building became fashionable in India. The Rajas discovered European Architectural styles. Equally significant were the changes that took place in the interiors of Indian palaces. Bikaner too became a part of this hybrid Indo-European life styler. Classical French furniture, beautiful porcelains vases from China and Japan, oil paintings by European masters, mirrors and stained glass from Belgium, cut-glass Chandeliers from Venice Became raging fashion.
On Extreme left and right show-case, cut-glass flower vases with British Floral pattern. And in middle is doll-house, wood and painted ivory. The provenance is from western Europe 19th century and the intricate hand painting depicts various gardens.