Maharaja’s daughter

Indian Maharaja’s daughter

I was enchanted by this child the minute I set eyes on her. A superbly executed enamel portrait in an 18 carat gold frame set with old-cut diamonds, natural untreated sapphires and natural pearls. The subject is an Indian Maharaja’s daughter, dressed in a pink sari and wearing pearl earrings. The portrait is broodingly atmospheric and captures the innocence of the small child with her hair unkempt and serious gaze. The pendant measures 1 and 3/4 inches by 1 and 3/4 inches and is immaculate. The piece is English, so possibly a portrait of Sophia Duleep Singh, [1876 – 1948], daughter of Maharajah Duleep Singh. Sophia was half Indian and raised in the U.K. Her godmother was Queen Victoria. One of my favourite purchases so far this year.


Sophia Duleep Singh as a child