Visitors walk past an painting (1933-1934) showing Indian Maharani Sanyogita Devi of Indore in tradition dress.
They were India's golden couple of the 1920s and 1930s, two beautiful people who cut a wildly glamorous dash across the globe, being photographed by Man Ray and sipping cocktails with Hollywood stars.
The extraordinary lives and impeccable taste of the Maharajah of Indore and his maharani, Sanyogita Devi, are celebrated in a spectacular new exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.
With the clouds of World War II darkening over Europe, the pair created a gem of an avant-garde palace on the Malwa Plateau in the heart of India.
'A veritable Rudolph Valentino'
Together the two men combed the salesrooms and artist studios of Paris and Berlin with art advisor Henri-Pierre Roche -- author of the novel "Jules and Jim" -- to find the works to fill it.
Muthesius was also asked to kit out the 25-year-old maharajah's sleek new royal train, as well as a barge that was a "vertible floating modernist palace" and do the interiors of his private plane.
He designed, too, a hunting caravan so the prince -- who had come to the throne at 17 -- could stalk tigers in style.
Maharaja owned important private collections of Modernist furniture and decorative arts from 1920's and 1930's in the world.
In fact they charmed everyone wherever they went, whether filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille and actor Gary Cooper in Hollywood, or old world royals like themselves.
Vogue described the maharajah as like a "character from a Visconti film, the last member of a carefree aristocracy, living its final hours in the lap of idle luxury."
Air of mystery
After his wife's death, the maharajah went on to marry again twice but his inner life remains mysterious.
He died in 1961 as he was planning to write his autobiography, having burned all his private papers.
"They are both quite mysterious actually," said Gabet.
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