London, South Kensington
20 - 21 October 1992
A late 18th/early 19th century ivory navette shaped patch box, the cover inset with panels of blue guilloche enamel centred by an oval cameo with crowned monogram, within seed pearl surround -- 4in. wide.
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The interior with label inscribed Formerly Belonging to Viscountess Beauchamp Née Isabella Irwin afterwards Marchioness of Hertford came through my mother.
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