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A GROUP COMPRISING AN ITALIAN MARQUETERIE DE PAILLE PICTURE, FOUR PLAYS BY OSCAR WILDE, AND A CORONATION BOOK OF H.M. KING EDWARD VII
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A GROUP COMPRISING AN ITALIAN MARQUETERIE DE PAILLE PICTURE, FOUR PLAYS BY OSCAR WILDE, AND A CORONATION BOOK OF H.M. KING EDWARD VII

THE PICTURE, 19TH CENTURY, BOTH VOLUMES, 20TH CENTURY

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A GROUP COMPRISING AN ITALIAN MARQUETERIE DE PAILLE PICTURE, FOUR PLAYS BY OSCAR WILDE, AND A CORONATION BOOK OF H.M. KING EDWARD VII
THE PICTURE, 19TH CENTURY, BOTH VOLUMES, 20TH CENTURY
The picture applied with marqueterie de paille and depicting Tobias and the Archangel Raphael on the banks of the Tigris river, within a later giltwood frame, the back inscribed in pencil with gilder's note 'Tutt' oro invecchiato, non brillante', the frame later; 'Four Plays by Oscar Wilde, London, The Unicorn Press (London) Ltd., 1944, comprising 'Lady Windermere's Fan'; 'A Woman of no Importance'; 'An Ideal Husband' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest', with red morocco binding, and handwritten notes from Henry ('Chips') Channon and Violet Trefusis; and A Coronation book of H.M. King Edward VII, by W.J. Loftie, B.A., F.S.A., Cassel & Company, Ltd., La Belle Sauvage, London, with gilt-tooled red morocco binding
The picture: 18¾ in. x 20 in. (47.5 cm. x 21 cm.); the Wilde volume: 5¼ in. x 7½ in. (13.5 cm. x 19.5 cm.); the Coronation book: 8¾ in. x 11¾ in. (22.5 cm. x 30 cm.)
Provenance
The 'marqueterie de paille' picture and Coronation book of H.M. King Edward VII:
Violet Trefusis (1894-1972), La Tour, Saint Loup de Naud, France, and by descent to the present owner.
The Oscar Wilde volume:
Presented to Violet Trefusis by Henry ('Chips') Channon, Christmas 1944 and by descent to the present owner.
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Lot Essay

Violet Trefusis, née Keppel (1894-1972), English writer and bilingual author, was the daughter of Lt.-Col. The Hon. George Keppel and Alice Frederica Keppel, née Edmonstone Keppel (1869-1947), the royal mistress of H.M. King Edward VII between 1898 and 1910. In 1919, Violet married Denys Trefusis (1890-1929), as arranged by her mother Alice in an effort to eclipse Violet's longstanding relationship with English poet Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) whom she had met for the first time at the age of ten. Violet continued to see Vita throughout her marriage, achieving renewed fame as Vita's lover. Violet was later awarded the Légion d'Honneur for her participation in the London broadcasts of La France Libre, during the Second World
War.

Violet's sister, Sonia Rosemary Keppel (1900-1986), who in 1920 married Roland Cubitt (1899-1962), 3rd Baron Ashcombe, would later become
grandmother to H.R.H. The Duchess of Cornwall.

La Tour, a medieval towerhouse in Saint Loup de Naud, France, was
offered to Violet in 1927 by former lover Winnaretta Singer, the wife
of Prince Edmond de Polignac and heiress of the Singer sewing machine
empire. Violet was a celebrated hostess at La Tour for many years. Her friends included Colette, Jean Cocteau, Osbert Sitwell, Rebecca West, Nancy Mitford, Lady Diana Cooper, Francis Poulenc and the rest of the Groupe des Six, and Arthur Rubinstein. The village of Saint Loup de Naud was throughout the 20th Century, the place of residence or inspiration for a plethora of intellectuals, among whom Marcel Proust, Louise Roblot-Delondre and Pierre-Eugène Clairin.

For further information on Violet Trefusis, see P. Jullian & J. Phillips, Violet Trefusis, A Biography, including correspondence with Vita Sackville-West, London & Edinburgh, 1976.

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