Discover the dazzling collection of Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma

Sophia Ford-Palmer
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Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON
Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON

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The lineage of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, is one of untold glamour and formidable dynasties. The daughter of Louis Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, the great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and a great-niece of the last Tsarina of Russia, the Countess lived an illustrious life. Now, she is fondly remembered for her “unwavering perseverance and beguiling sense of humour”.

Photo credit: University of Southampton Library
Photo credit: University of Southampton Library

To celebrate her memory, the Countess’ family will be auctioning over 350 lots from the 18th-century home in Kent she shared with her husband John at Sotheby’s on 24 March. With estimates ranging from £80 to a staggering £100,000, the sale is expected to fetch at least £1.5 million.

“There is certainly a tangible sense of history in the sale through the extraordinary ancestry, which should spark the imagination of collectors all over the world,” the head of sale for the auction David McDonald states.

The crown of the auction is undoubtedly a glorious an 18th-century brooch, enclosing a cushion-shaped yellow diamond – a previous possession of the British explorer and naturalist Joseph Banks – which is expected to draw between £40,000 and £60,000.

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Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON

On offer will also be a pair of jewelled enamel elephants, engraved with the words: “Edwina from Dickie” in Lord Mountbatten’s handwriting, a gift to commemorate the couples 24th wedding anniversary.

“There is a tradition within the Royal Family of designing jewellery with inscribed messages as gifts,” McDonald says.

The Countess’ mother Edwina Mountbatten was revered for her taste in jewellery, with a particular devotion to vibrant art deco “Tutti Frutti” jewels. A set of these exquisite gems, comprised of carved rubies, emeralds and sapphires, is predicted to collect between £40,000 and £60,000.

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Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON

The auction also includes a whimsical Parisian pig-shaped handbag set with diamonds (a playful nod to the Mountbatten’s menagerie of exotic animals) as well as an extremely rare 1950s Radicon Robot still in its original case, which was originally a present from Lord Mountbatten to his grandchildren.

Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON
Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON
Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON
Photo credit: SOTHEBY'S LONDON

The collection of Patricia, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma will be auctioned on 24 March. For more information, visit www.sothebys.com.