Over 350 belongings of the late Countess Mountbatten of Burma, will be auctioned by the prestigious auction house, Sotheby's, in late March.
As the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, great-niece of Russia's last Tsarina, and the daughter of Britain's last Viceroy of India, the Countess lived an extraordinarily elegant lifestyle alongside a dazzling dynasty of royal figures.
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Lady Mountbatten, succeeded her father Lord Mountbatten after his assassination in 1979 as documented in Netflix's The Crown. Together with her husband, 7th Lord Brabourne, she filled Newhouse, her eighteenth-century home, with fine art, furniture, sculptures, and books. These were inspired by the places she traveled to, and the dignitaries with whom she partied her way through the 20th century.
Sotheby's are, however, offering a rare chance to bring these imperial treasures into your home, as they are selling hundreds of pieces from Newhouse at auction. Prices vary between £80 – 100,000, meaning you can pick up one of the Countess's pre-loved belongings for under £100 ($136).
Among the pieces available to purchase between 20 – 23 March will be a Fabergé silver-gilt inkwell, a Parisian-made evening bag, an Anglo-Indian cabinet, and a pair of portraits from the 17th century, amongst other precious furnishings.
Admirers also have the chance to pick up a heartfelt anniversary gift from Countess Mountbatten to Lord Brabourne, as the sale includes two enamel elephants made in Jaipur which the Countess engraved with 'Edwina from Dickie’ and '18 July 1946'.
In their discussion of the auction, Countess Mountbatten's family shared: ‘Our overriding desire when organizing our mother's affairs is to honor her wishes and celebrate the memory of both our mother and our father. They had discussed these arrangements with us, and we are simply putting their plans into effect.'
The Mountbatten's family then added: 'We are of course keeping many things and importantly amongst these are objects which are of sentimental value and much loved.'
'Lady Mountbatten's residence, Newhouse was a private place for entertaining only the closest of family and friends, capturing all the magic of a stately home on an intimate scale,' revealed Harry Dalmeny, Chairman of Sotheby's in the UK & Ireland.
Through her belongings, many passed down from members of the extended family over the years; collectors have the chance to see the story of the twentieth century unfold and acquire evocative vestiges of a glittering way of life.'
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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