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Maharaja Members’ Preview

November 26th, 2010

Wow, what a turnout!

Our wonderful members took full advantage of their two days of exclusive Members’ previews for the spectacular Maharaja exhibition.

On November 17 and 18, we broke member preview attendance records with members flocking to view this fantastic exhibition. Not only did they attend in droves, they were full of praise for a show well done. I had the pleasure of greeting and speaking with many of our loyal members, here are just some of the comments I enjoyed hearing:

“Best exhibition ever!”

“We will return because there is too much to see in just one visit!”

“We loved the traditional dance demonstrations, what a terrific idea!”

Members arrived early and streamed into the AGO from opening right through closing. They viewed, they shopped, they dined, and they praised. I had so much fun hosting this preview; it was a fabulous two days meeting everyone and of course, I too loved the exhibition.

My first run-through in the morning to quickly orientate myself before our members arrived was a wonderful teaser and I could not wait to get back in for a longer visit. On my initial dash through, I had a few pieces in mind that I was keen to locate, among them the amazing Patiala necklace. As I reached the area where the beautifully intricate silver carriage was on display I could also see the stunning Star of India Rolls Royce beckoning me from the next room, and I had yet to find the necklace. Well, the necklace found me, as I approached the Rolls I was overcome by brilliant gleams of light that were bouncing off the 2,000 plus diamonds that make up the Patiala. I could bask in that light for hours, and plan to!

Luanne Pucci, Manager Membership, Art Gallery of Ontario

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  • Peter

    Except the RR “Star of India” which were the other cars in the famous the collection of cars belonging to the Maharaja of Rajkot? In my collection there is an fantastic Jaguar Drop Head Coupé 1949/1950, which ones, when its was new, belonged to the Maharaja. Can you help me in this matter?
    Kind regards,