Throne and footstool

South India (Travancore)1850

Royal Collection Trust, UK

Royal Collection Trust, UK
London, United Kingdom

This spectacular throne and matching footstool, the centrepiece of the Indian section in the Great Exhibition of 1851, was presented to Queen Victoria in part to advertise the carving skills of Travancore in southern India. The densely-carved elephant-ivory plaques incorporate Indian and European motifs, and the conch-shell emblem of Travancore forms the cresting.


  • Title: Throne and footstool
  • Creator: South India (Travancore)
  • Date Created: 1850
  • Physical Dimensions: w970 x h1610 x d865 mm
  • Type: Furniture
  • Rights: Supplied by Royal Collection Trust / (c) HM Queen Elizabeth II 2012
  • External Link: http://www.rct.uk/collection/1561
  • Medium: Carved ivory, gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies, gilt bronze, hardwood (? Indian laurel) and embroidered silk velvet
  • Provenance: Presented to Queen Victoria by the Maharajah of Travancore in 1851. It was displayed at the Great Exhibition in that year.

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