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Castello Reale di Sarre, Valle d'Aosta.
The following lots (244-250), most likely relate to an inventory taken of the furniture at Castello Reale di Sarre in 1890. Each is marked 'P.P.S.' which has been suggested stands for either Principe Piedmonte Sarre or Proprieta Privata Sarre and indicates that they were the private property of the Italian Royal Family.
Castello Reale di Sarre in the Valle d'Aosta is located on a promontory which dominates the plain of Aosta. The castle which incorporates a central square tower was built in 1710 by Giovanni Francesco Ferrod on the ruins of a fortress dating from 1242. The castle was purchased by Vittorio Emanuele II, King of Italy, (1820-1878) in 1869 as a private estate used by his family to hold large hunting parties. The castle was further enhanced by Umberto I, King of Italy, (1844-1900) with the addition of a horn trophy room. A favourite retreat of Umberto II, King of Italy, (1904-1983) and his wife Maria-José, Queen of Italy, (1906-2001) until their exile in 1946, it was sold in 1972 and opened as a museum to the history of the Savoia family in the Valle d'Aosta.