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Mountbatten’s Indian bracelet, jewelled elephants auctioned in UK

LONDON: A diamond bracelet and jewelled ornamental elephants from Jaipur are a few of the Indian heirlooms that made up a set of 350 private objects belonging to Patricia Mountbatten, the eldest daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten, the final Viceroy of India, which fetched over GBP 5.6 million at public sale in London.

Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten was the Second Countess Mountbatten of Burma and had a robust royal connection because the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and first cousin to Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.

The Sotheby’s on-line public sale earlier this week had estimates starting from GBP 80 to GBP 100,000, a majority of which had been surpassed as bidders from internationally lined up for the objects inherited from her ancestors sharing connections with India, a spot that was stated to be very particular to the household.

“Girl Mountbatten’s residence, Newhouse, was a personal place for entertaining solely the closest of household and pals, capturing all of the magic of a stately house on an intimate scale,” stated Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s Chairman, UK & Eire.

“By means of her belongings, many handed down from members of the prolonged household over time, collectors have the prospect to see the story of the twentieth century unfold and purchase evocative vestiges of a glittering lifestyle,” he stated.

Patricia Mountbatten’s Indian connection was not simply because the daughter of Lord and Girl Mountbatten but additionally on her husband John Knatchbull’s facet of the household as his father, Michael Knatchbull, spent 4 months as India’s youngest Viceroy in 1938.

John himself labored for Louis Mountbatten in India and later grew to become an Oscar-nominated movie producer, behind the well-known Raj-era epic ‘A Passage to India’.

The Indian heirlooms up for public sale included a diamond set and enamelled gold bracelet made in India, that after belonged to Queen Victoria.

The bracelet, which fetched GBP 40,320, features a portrait of Victoria’s husband Albert, as a baby, and would have been commissioned by the monarch herself.

This was then handed down via Victoria’s descendants to Louis Mountbatten after which to his daughter Patricia.

A pair of gold and enamel elephants made in Jaipur, given by Louis Mountbatten to his spouse Edwina as a gift to mark their twenty fourth marriage ceremony anniversary in 1946, beat the valuations between GBP 2,000 and three,000 to fetch GBP 34,020.

They’re engraved on the bottom with the phrases ‘Edwina from Dickie’ in Louis’ handwriting.

The pair had turn into engaged at Viceroy’s Home in Delhi in 1922.

“The loving present is an perception into their marriage, one which had introduced collectively two of probably the most glamorous and adventurous figures of the interval, and testomony to the significance of India to each of them.

“1946 was the yr Lord Mountbatten was made a Viscount and this present anticipates the information of his appointment as Viceroy the next yr,” notes a Sotheby’s assertion.

A ‘Tutti Frutti’ model set of jewels within the assortment, which bought for GBP 107,100, belonged to Edwina Mountbatten, who is alleged to have had a selected penchant for this model that took inspiration from Indian cut-coloured gems.

The public sale additionally included lots made up of a uncommon Anglo-Indian inlaid bureau by Thomas Chippendale, made in 1767 and handed down via the Knatchbull household, which bought for GBP 69,300.

“Our overriding want when organising our mom’s affairs is to honour her needs and rejoice the reminiscence of each our mom and our father. They’d mentioned these preparations with us, and we’re merely placing their plans into impact.

“We’re after all retaining many issues and importantly amongst these are objects that are of sentimental worth and far cherished,” learn an announcement from the Mountbatten household, in reference to the public sale.

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