A diamond bracelet and decorative elephants with jewels from Jaipur are some of the Indian heirlooms that make up a collection of 350 personal items of Patricia Mountbatten, the eldest daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten – the last Viceroy of India – that will come under the hammer in London March.
Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten was the second Countess Mountbatten of Burma and had a strong royal connection as the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and first cousin of Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.
Sotheby’s London auction, estimated at between £ 80,000 and £ 100,000, includes many items inherited from their ancestors who share ties to India, a place that is said to be very special to the family.
“Lady Mountbatten’s residence, Newhouse, was a private place to entertain only the closest family and friends and to capture the magic of a stately home on an intimate scale,” said Harry Dalmeny, chairman of Sotheby’s in the UK and Ireland.
“Through their belongings, passed down by members of the extended family over the years, collectors have the opportunity to trace 20th-century history and acquire impressive traces of a glitzy way of life,” he said.
Patricia Mountbatt’s Indian connection existed not only as the daughter of Lord and Lady Mountbatten, but also on the side of her husband John Knatchbull when his father (Michael Knatchbull) spent four months as India’s youngest viceroy in 1938. John himself worked for Louis Mountbatten in India and later became an Oscar-nominated film producer, behind the famous Raj-era epic “A Passage to India”.
Indian heirlooms up for auction include a diamond set made in India and an enameled gold bracelet that once belonged to Queen Victoria. The bracelet contains a portrait of Victoria’s husband Albert as a child and would have been commissioned by the monarch himself. This was then passed on to Louis Mountbatten via Victoria’s descendants and then to his daughter Patricia.
Patrick’s mother-in-law Doreen, the wife of former Viceroy Michael Knatchbull, received an Imperial Order of the Indian Crown from the Raj era valued at £ 15,000 to £ 20,000.
A pair of gold and enamel elephants made in Jaipur, valued at between £ 2,000 and £ 3,000, was presented by Louis Mountbatten to his wife Edwina on the occasion of their 24th wedding anniversary in 1946. On the base the words “Edwina from Dickie” are engraved in Louis’ handwriting. The couple got engaged in 1922 at the Viceroyalty House in Delhi.
“The loving gift is a glimpse of their marriage – one that brought together two of the most glamorous and adventurous figures of the time – and evidence of the importance of India to both. 1946 was the year Lord Mountbatten was made Viscount and this one Gift anticipates the news of his appointment as viceroy the following year, “Sotheby’s said in a statement.
A “Tutti Frutti” -style jewelery set in the collection, valued at £ 40,000 to £ 60,000, belonged to Edwina Mountbatten, who had a particular fondness for the style, which was inspired by Indian gemstones.
The auction also includes a lot consisting of a rare Anglo-Indian marquetry office by Thomas Chippendale, made in 1767 and passed down by the Knatchbull family, also valued between £ 40,000 and £ 60,000.
“Our overriding desire in organizing our mother’s affairs is to grant her wishes and celebrate the memory of our mother and father. They had discussed these agreements with us and we just put their plans into action. We Of course, many keep things and, above all, objects that are of sentimental value and are very much loved, “said a statement by the Mountbatten family in relation to the auction planned for March 24th.
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