Right from late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the
British had begun to make friendship with the ruling houses of Rajasthan.
In 1818, a treaty of alliance was signed between the British East
India Company and Maharaja Surat Singh of Bikaner. Ever Since then
there have been increasing western cultural influences on the life-style
of the house of Bikaner. Glass and cut-glass vases, lamps and writing
table paraphernalia displayed here originate from this cultural