Indian artefacts to go up for sale in Mountbatten auction

Indian artefacts to go for sale in Mountbatten auction

An Indian diamond bracelet once owned by Queen Victoria and a pair of bejewelled elephants from 1946 Jaipur are among an assortment of 350 antiques belonging to the late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten daughter of Britain’s last Viceroy of India Louis Mountbatten that will be sold at Sotheby’s London on March 24 as reported by TOI.

The collection from Newhouse Manor, the 16th century English home of Patricia and her husband John Knatchbull, includes curios that offer a peek into the Mountbatten family’s connections with 20th century India. Born in 1924, Patricia was known for her beguiling sense of humour”. At age 19, she entered the Women’s Royal Navy Service where she met and fell in love with John Knatchbull an encounter that sparked an almost 60-year marriage. John had worked for Louis Mountbatten in India as a captain in the armed forces before becoming an Academy Award-nominated film producer of movies such as ‘A Passage to India’, while John’s father Michael had stayed in India for four months in 1938 as its youngest Viceroy. John and Patricia had spent several months of their honeymoon in India.

Among the centrepieces of the sale are an Indian diamond set and enamelled gold bracelet that includes a portrait of Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, as a child. Another highlight is a pair of gold and enamel elephants from Jaipur, a gift from Lord Mountbatten to his wife Edwina commemorating their 24th wedding anniversary in 1946, the year before he became the last Viceroy.