[Prince with Ladies in Camp. Gouache on paper. Lucknow, India, c.1760.
© Victoria and Albert Musem.]
[Top left: Jaisilmir by John Stefanidis. Bottom right: Alexander and Charlotte di Carcaci's textile-and-art-filled London garden sitting room photographed by Andreas von Einsiedel, House & Garden, UK, May 2012.]
Today, it's another passage to India. Miguel Flores-Vianna, knowing my weakness for Indian textiles, furniture, and art, recently encouraged me to look at the May issue of House & Garden, UK. I'm so glad he did. Featured among the pages is the London house jewelry maker/artist Charlotte di Carcaci shares with her husband Alexander, an antiques dealer, and their three children.
[Cosmic Candy hand-blown glass from Legge & Braine co-founded by Charlotte di Carcaci.]
As writer Anthony Gardner explains in the H & G story, there's a former artist's studio (once Sir Henry Tonks's, to be exact) in the couple's back garden. In the di Carcacis' hands, it has become a welcoming Indian-influenced sitting room filled with John Stefanidis's boteh patterned fabric, Jaisilmir, old Indian miniatures, and a huge 19th-century portrait of the Maharana of Udaipur. So, with anticipation building for the Virginia debut of Maharaja in May, I wanted to quickly draw attention to the re-imagined garden studio.
I've pulled together some related objects from the V & A, the Stefanidis print, and a purposely small image of the sitting room (don't want to spoil your experience of seeing the house firsthand in the new issue).
[Watercolor from an album containing fifty-three drawings depicting occupations, circa 1815-1820,
Lucknow, India. V & A collection.]
[Mid-century earthenware plate with enameled decoration designed by Teddy Millington-Drake;
made in Rome by Pinna Franca. V & A collection.]
BTW, Anna Jackson, Keeper of the Asian Department for the V & A and the Lead Curator of Maharaja, will be in Richmond at the VMFA on Thursday, May 24 to present The World of the Maharaja at 6:30 pm. The talk is open to the public, admission is $8, and tickets are available online. If I could be in Virginia that evening, I'd definitely be sitting in the theater.