MAHARAJA GAEKWAD OF BERODA Armorial Crown Crest Plate
Superb Minton porcelain plate, dating to the 20th Century. Hand painted central crown
and sword for His Higness The (Maharajah) Gaekwad of Beroda.
Probably Sayajirao Gaekwad III (ruled 1879-1939) or Sir Pratapsinh Gaekwad (ruled 1939-1951).
Pilaji Rao Gaekwad conquered the city of Beroda from the Mughals in 1721 and founded the Dynasty.
The Laxmi Palace, Beroda, Gujurat, India was reputed to be the most expensive privatre residence of the 19th Century. Designed by Major Charles Mant (1840-81) and Robert Fellowes Chisholm (1840-1915) pioneers of the Orientalist Style, combining Western and Eastern forms.
The 1911 Delhi Durbar was an auspicious occasion as the King Emperor was for the first time
present in person. Each Indian Prince was expected to bow three times before him, then walk backwards. Sayajirao Gaekwad III bowed once, then promptly turned his back and walked off, laughing !
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Maharaja Pratapsinh Rao Gaekwad of Baroda. Unknown Author.