ART AT WOODVILLE
Woodville Palace is one of the few Palace hotels in India where the original Art Deco has been preserved till date. From the masonite and palazzo flooring of 1938 to the original bathroom fittings and lights, every artefact is in excellent condition. Art deco began in Europe, particularly Paris, in the early years of the 20th century, but did not really take hold until after World War I. It reigned until the outbreak of World War II. Most of the lights in Woodville Palace were imported from Murano, an island off the coast of Italy, famous for its blown glass works. Works by the celebrated Franc Lloyd Wright, the father of modern architecture and neo art deco, are also on display. The exterior architecture of the palace unfolds into the myriad sections of culture, history and art that are manifested in the works of art that adorn the interiors of Woodville Palace.
The Army and Navy Store, London, decorated the interiors of this palace. Woodville is resplendent with world renowned and celebrated ancient heirlooms. The Royal family has an impressive collection of Chinese Vases and the Japanese Satsuma vases. A walk down the corridors of Woodville is a walk down memory lane of photographic history. On display are the autographed photographs of Her Imperial Majesty, the Queen Empress of India, Queen Victoria, and His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Umberto of Italy (Later His Majesty King Umberto II of Italy) and the Sultan of Johore, Malaysia. This picture gallery also has some eye-catching photographs of Princess Ourmila Devi, the present dowager with Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. The prince,who is the present owner, Rajkumar Uday Singh, has a fond interest in philately and numismatics. He consequently has an impressive collection of stamps of the British Commonwealth.
Woodville also hosts dramatic marble statuary and paintings of the 19th century British artists; antiques and crafts by the finest hands across Europe. For those who would want to venture into the library, a treat of books dating from the 18th century awaits them. One of the world's most famous book binders, Zaehnsdorf, finds a place on one of the book shelves of the Royal Library. Shimmering goblets and fine pieces by Lalique can be seen aesthetically strewn over a sturdy Burmese carved table.
With art and aesthetics possessing every inch of this palace, Woodville is truly a delight to the eyes of both the guests and the quintessential art connoisseur.