AN ORNATE Victorian fan which belonged to a princess has been uncovered in Kenilworth.
The fan was the property of Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, a member of the British royal family, a granddaughter of George III, grandmother of Edward VIII and George VI and great-grandmother of Elizabeth II. She held the title of Duchess of Teck through marriage.
The fan, which dates back to circa 1870s, was taken along to a free valuation event at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall and is expected to soar at auction when it goes under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers in October.
Notty Hornblower, vintage costume expert at Hansons, said: “It’s a beautiful object, made with Brussels lace and featuring carved and gilt-decorated mother-of-pearl sticks. It shimmers in the light and would have been a fitting royal fashion accessory.
“It was made by renowned fan makers J Duvelleroy, of London, and comes complete with its original box and receipt from 1978 when it was bought at auction for £75. It’s certainly worth much more than that now. Its estimate is being assessed but we could be looking at a four-figure sum.
“The vendor’s late mother was a collector of fans and she certainly excelled herself. It’s an exquisite object and the royal provenance is wonderful.”
Princess Mary Adelaide lived from 1833 to 1897. Despite a modest income by royal standards, she had expensive tastes and lived an extravagant life of parties, expensive food and clothes and holidays abroad.
Hansons valuers will be back in Kenilworth at St Francis of Assisi Church Hall on Thursday August 8. As well as free antique valuations, the team will be holding an Oil Painting Restoration Day.
Adrian Rathbone, associate director at Hansons, said: “People can bring along damaged oil paintings to be assessed by leading restorer Haydn Roberts. He will be demonstrating how to bring paintings back to life and I will be on hand to value them.”