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A Royal Controversy...

Friday, 22 February 2013

 Evidence of a royal scandal, hushed up for more than 100 years, has been uncovered by Sworders. Photographs and letters about a shooting incident involving the Prince of Wales in 1896 have been discovered and are now offered in the Winter Country House sale.

A leather album entitled “The Wynyard Park Owl and HRH The Prince of Wales, 23 October 1896” records the visit of Edward, Prince to Wales to Wynyard Park in County Durham. He was part of a shooting party and during the visit it is claimed the Prince shot an owl. The photographer at the event had the bird stuffed, but it’s thought the future King was so horrified by the potential disgrace of having shot an owl that the whole story was covered up.

The leather-bound album of photographs and the original letters will be sold on Tuesday 26th February.  It is a unique record of a royal scandal with an attractive estimate of £400-£600.

There is also a good selection of glassware in the sale. A finely gilt glass vase by Steigerwald of Munich is also set to attract much interest. Estimated at £3000-£5000, a very similar example was displayed at the 1862 Masterpieces of Industrial Art and Sculpture International Exhibition.

One of the other more unusual and fun lots is a French enamel and hand painted snuff box in the form of a boar’s head. Reflecting a classic French pastime, the lid also depicts a wild boar hunting scene. Though not made by a famous name, this particular lot will surely find appeal with its relatively low £200-£300 estimate.

We are looking forward to the auction, with live bidding available on the internet through three different platforms:

•    www.thesaleroom.com
•    www.invaluable.com
•    www.liveauctioneers.com

For further information please contact John Black on 01279 817778 or email: auctions@sworder.co.uk.