Early 19th century quilt once owned by the Mountbattens – £1600 at Tennants.

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Woven with the words Irish Linen Hand Woven Damask to the edge, the various vignettes included a portrait of George V, the Union flag, the Royal Coat of Arms plus various symbols of the British empire – elephants, kangaroos, a platypus, a kiwi and an emu.


Example of early 20th century Irish linen – £1600 at Tennants.

It is thought that these linens (other examples have been offered for sale in the past) were specifically made for the Royal Household c.1911. In good condition overall, it took £1600 (estimate £400- 600) online at the August 20 auction.

The auction included a string of lots with provenance to the Mountbattens (1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma) by family descent.

Among these lots, an early 19th century chintz quilt, 9ft 2in x 8ft 10in (2.8 x 2.7m), with a central square depicting a Chinoserie scene with a bridge over a stream and two swans in the foreground, sold online for £1600 against an estimate of £400-600.