French Ambassador hosts Royal Fables Season Seven “Revisiting Antiquities”
French Ambassador François Richier hosts Royal Fables Season Seven “Revisiting Antiquities” showcasing French design and cuisine from Indian royal households.
New Delhi, 28 September 2015
H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, today hosted at the Embassy of France in India the closing soirée of Royal Fables Season Seven, a heritage exposition that preserves and promotes the arts, crafts and heritage of regal India.
Dining under the sparkle of restored 17th and 18th century heritage chandeliers and viewing samples of exquisite embroidery from Napoleon’s throne, the guests witnessed firsthand the maiden collaboration of Royal Fables with two leading French design houses: globally acclaimed chandelier atelier, Mathieu Lustrerie, and legendary couture embroidery master, Jean-Francois Lesage.
Further reflecting the Season’s theme of “Antiquities Revisited” and presenting the famous connect between France and Indian maharajas in the Raj era, French-bodied vintage cars from the Titus Museum of Transportation and Collectibles were also on display.
For art lovers, the Kangra Collection of Contemporary Art, hand-picked by the royal family of Kangra-Lambragaon, was on exhibition, while gastronomy lovers were regaled by the recipes from the lavish kitchens of Awadh, Sailana, Jammu and Kashmir, and the Marathas, recreated by Chef Gaurav Mathur of SelectED Events and Dining.
The evening was graced, among others, by HH Maharani Radhika Raje Gaekwad of Baroda; HH Maharaja Brajraj Singh of Kishangarh; HH Aditya Katoch of Kangra-Lambragaon; Sardar Dhanajay Rao Jadhav of Aaron, Myra Gwalior; Ranisaaheb Alokika Khacher of Jasdan (erstwhile Princess of Baroda); Raja Saaheb and Rani Saaheb Mandi; Raja Saaheb Bhilwara; Mr Karan Grover; Mr Diljeet Titus, Founder - Titus Museum of Automotives; Ms Malavika from Jean-Francois Lesage/ Vastrakala; Mr Alexis de Duclas of Mathieu Lustrerie; Mr Maninder Sethi, Chairman - Royal Punjab Polo; Mr Rishabh Tongia, Founder - Diacolor; Raja Randhir Singh, Chairman - Indian Olympic Association; Mr Madan Mohan – 21 Gun Salute; Kazeem Ali - Nawab of Rampur; and HH Vikramaditya Singh.
Royal Fables is a heritage exposition that promotes the arts, craft and heritage of regal India. The discerning eye of Indian royal families for design translated into their refined taste of music, art, textiles and palaces. Royal scions continue to nurture the arts, crafts, performing arts and cultures by infusing in them a contemporary appeal. Royal Fables uses an artisanal exposition to showcase some of the most iconic design bastions of regal India. (website: http://www.royalfables.com/)
Mathieu Lustrerie is famous for its innovative contemporary designs in lighting fixtures as well as its expertise in restoring heritage chandeliers, such as those on display in the Embassy Hall (Chandelier Hardouin Mansart, Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, 18th Century; Chandelier Louis XV, Genoese style, The Louvre, 18th century; Chandelier Louis XIV, now Maison Lafitte, 17th century), or, more recently, the chandeliers of Laxmi Vilas Palace in Baroda. The Mathieu Lustrerie library is devoted to the world of the chandelier, decoration and architecture, and complements the 250 models on display in their remarkable museum. (website: http://mathieulustrerie.com/)
House of Lesage, France’s most revered embroidery workshop is a symbol of the highest craftsmanship in fashion, producing haute couture embellishments for houses such as Chanel, Lanvin, Balmain, Givenchy and Christian Lacroix. Jean-François Lesage, the founder’s son, carries on its legendary work in his atelier established, among other places, in Chennai.