Friday, August 4, 2017

Collectors: John Robshaw's Maharajahs rule the Connecticut wilds

Show Us Your Walls
By Ted Loos
John Robshaw in his Connecticut textile workshop with maharajah paintings he bought in India. Credit Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
SHARON, Conn. — A prince among men? Actually, John Robshaw is a man among princes, at least when he is in the studio attached to his 19th-century house here in the wooded precincts of Litchfield County. Mr. Robshaw surrounds himself with paintings of maharajahs, or India’s princes and rulers, that he collects on his business trips to Jaipur. "These guys are a fun gang," he says. "It’s nice to be in India and not be in India at the same time." He has his own block-printed textile company, and his pillows, bedding and other decorative items are made there. “Some are well painted, and some are kitschy-bad,” said Mr. Robshaw, who added that he paid between $100 and $500 for each. [More]