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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 631


    CIRCA 1720

    Price Realised  


    CIRCA 1720
    The rounded rectangular quarter-veneered hinged top revealing a compartment with brass plaque to the underside engraved 'The Gift of H.M. QUEEN VICTORIA in 1872 to FLORA CAMERON from the private suite of WILLIAM IV', above two long drawers, on cabriole legs, with flower- engraved brass key escutcheons and handles and carrying-handles to the sides, the back legs spliced, the handles apparently original
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high; 44 in. (112 cm.) wide; 29 in. (73.5 cm.) deep

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    Flora Cameron (d. 1912) was the daughter of Francis d'Albertanson, the house steward at Balmoral, and his wife, the housekeeper, during the 1850s and early 1860s. D'Albertanson was a native of Alsace who came to Balmoral to work for Sir Robert Gordon, the tenant before the estate was bought by Prince Albert in 1852. Flora worked as assistant to her mother for a short time in 1861, and subsequently as a wardrobe maid to Queen Victoria. She married the local doctor in Braemer, Dr. Cameron, who was physician to the Household at Balmoral from 1855 until he was dismissed for incompetence in 1864. Flora Cameron was granted a pension by Queen Victoria in 1864.

    Though the purchase of the estate of Balmoral, which Queen Victoria described in her journal as "my dear paradise in the Highlands", did not take place until after the death of William IV, it is likely that 'The Private Suite of William IV' was part of the old castle on the estate. The old castle had been leased in the past by the royal family, including as part of the coronation activities of King George IV in 1822. The old castle was demolished in 1856 upon completion of the new building.

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    H.M. King William IV (d.1837), by descent to his niece;
    H.M. Queen Victoria (1819-1901), by whom gifted in 1872 to;
    Flora Cameron.
    The Collection of John Bryan, Chicago.
    Sold Christie's New York, 23 April 1988, lot 163.
    Acquired from Hotspur Antiques, London, in 1990.

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