Man Ray, Eckart Muthesius, J. Feneyrol and Emil Leitner - Design London Monday, September 27, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Eckart Muthesius

  • Literature

    Reto Niggl, Eckart Muthesius 1930: The Maharaja's Palace in Indore, Architecture and Interior, Stuttgart, 1996, pp. 28, 30-31, 38, 45-47, 57, 74 and 83

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1930 the Maharaja of Indore hired architect Eckart Muthesius to design the Manik Bagh Palace (the name of which means ‘Garden of Rubies’). Muthesius first met the Maharaja at Oxford and was only 24 when he was commissioned as architect of the palace. Constructed in the International Style, the building was composed of steel, stucco and glass. A truly modern creation, it featured the first air conditioning system in India. Muthesius was also responsible for the interior, incorporating his own furnishings, as well as those by the most prominent modern designers including Le Corbusier, Marcel Breuer and Hans Luckardt. He embraced a minimalist aesthetic, and the ballroom, featuring a wooden floor and mirrored walls, was a favourite of the Maharaja who had a passion for jazz – in fact, Man Ray spent an entire evening in Cannes with the Maharaja and his wife listening and dancing to jazz. Throughout his palace, the Maharaja adopted the Art Deco style and associated himself with prominent Western artists. In 1956, the year of his death, the palace was transformed into an office building and the interior furnishings were auctioned off in 1980.


Thirteen photographs depicting the Maharaja of Indore and his family, the Manik Bagh Palace, and a project for an Indian country residence on the shores of the Raj Pilia Tank

printed 1960s-1970s
Twelve gelatin silver prints and one colour coupler print. Comprising seven prints by Emil Leitner, three prints by Man Ray, one print by Eckart Muthesius and one print by J. Feneyrol (13).
Largest: 31.4 x 24.8 cm (12 3/8 x 9 3/4 in)

£2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for £2,500


28 September 2010