International auction house Sotheby’s is auctioning the collection of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma in London on March 24. The sale has over 350 lots — jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculpture, Chinese works of art, silver, ceramics and objets d’Ar.
The late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten, born in 1924, into a dynasty of royal and political relations was the daughter of Britain’s last Viceroy of India. The eldest daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979) and glamorous heiress turned philanthropist Edwina Ashley (1900-1960), had an unconventional upbringing—from weekend parties with King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson at her parents’ estate in Hampshire to stays with Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt III in her palatial Fifth Avenue apartment in New York.
After she married John Knatchbull, 7th Lord Brabourne (1924-2005) and after she inherited her father’s peerages, the pair became one of the very few married couples in England, each of whom held a peerage in his or her own right and the custodians of two great inheritances.
Patricia inherited precious objects associated with her parents from their glamorous Art Deco penthouse on Park Lane – with treasures from Edwina’s maternal grandfather, the great Edwardian financier Sir Ernest Cassel – and their time in India.
“Our overriding desire when organising our mother’s affairs is to honour 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. We are, of course, keeping many things and important amongst these are objects which are of sentimental value and much loved,” said a member from Lady Mountbatten’s family.
Over 350 lots from Newhouse, Patricia and John’s charming 18th century home will be offered for sale with estimates ranging from £80 – 1,00,000.
“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. 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 20th century unfold and acquire evocative vestiges of a glittering way of life,” said Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s Chairman, UK & Ireland.