The Assortment of Prince Philip’s Cousin Would possibly Promote for as A lot as $2 Million
The gathering of Patricia Edwina Victoria Knatchbull—the second Countess Mountbatten, a great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and a cousin to Prince Philip—goes up for public sale in London on March 24, courtesy of Sotheby’s. Not surprisingly, the contents are match for a British royal household relative. “Countess Mountbatten’s nice aunt was the final Czarina of Russia, and her different aunt was the Queen of Sweden, so she had an illustrious lineage,” David Macdonald, head of the sale at Sotheby’s, explains to AD PRO. “Her home was furnished with essentially the most great issues, together with items by Thomas Chippendale, Fabergé eggs, and silver from the Sixties and Seventies that have been commissioned,” he notes. Whereas the Kent countryside house by which she lived will stay inside her household, its complete contents are on the market.
Apparently, her husband, Lord Brabourne, was an Oscar-nominated movie producer: His credit embrace the Agatha Christie movies Dying on the Nile and Homicide on the Orient Specific. The household liked to journey and picked up gadgets match for entertaining Hollywood’s elite. “When Patricia handed away in 2017, the household determined to rejoice her legacy,” Macdonald says of the natural means of clearing out her spectacular assortment. “It’s such an vital course of, and that did take numerous time. The archives are unimaginable: There have been household pictures on each desk together with uncommon Chinese language jade, but it surely wasn’t like a museum…it was a dwelling home, filled with enjoyable and leisure.”
The property’s contents are estimated at a price of about $2 million. Some gadgets, like a 2,000-year-old bronze statue of Hermes from Historic Rome (the oldest piece within the assortment), are notably uncommon. Macdonald notes that Edwina Mountbatten’s grandfather, Sir Ernest Cassel, was a passionate collector of jade and silver within the early twentieth century and amassed an excellent assortment. “What is actually fabulous is that John and Patricia added to the historic silver assortment with items by modernist visionary silversmith, Gerald Benney,” he says. “I like the truth that they blended up vintage and fashionable summary items to entertain their company—simply think about, 500 years of silver on the dinner desk!”
The pandora’s field of a group features a small however elegant white jade washer belonging to the Qing Dynasty in China, Nineteenth century Regency-style ebonized armchairs, and a Louis XIV–type carved giltwood heart desk. A translucent-blue Fabergé gold and silver-mounted enamel timepiece, which was bought by the final Czarina of Russia, together with a number of English work, are further highlights.
The heaps are, nonetheless, not all utterly critical: Gadgets of caprice embrace silver and gold snuff bins, a uncommon battery-operated tin-plate Radicon robotic from Japan, Nineteenth-century French hexagonal porcelain oyster plates, and two “steamer trunks” of classic video games and toys from the third quarter of the twentieth century. (Agatha Christie followers will little question respect that this bigger trunk is a prop from the 1978 movie Dying on the Nile.) And whereas the formal public sale has but to kick off, its British-royal-family-worthy catalog can at the moment be seen on-line.