The Estate of the Late Mary Elizabeth Stuart Harley

The Estate of the Late Mary Elizabeth Stuart Harley

Ancestral Treasures

The proud custodian of her familial treasures, the Estate of the Late Mary Elizabeth Stuart Harley featured a rare Georgian doll’s house, early needlework, as well as children’s games and toys that were offered in the February edition of our Five Centuries auction.

Mary Harley (née Weir) was brought up in rural Suffolk before being educated at Mount School in York. She attended both the University of St Andrews and the University of Oxford, where she met her husband, Christopher Harley.

Mary’s family on her mother’s side included her great-grandfather, the archaeologist Sir John Evans (1823-1908), and his son Sir Arthur Evans (1851-1941), the Longmans of Longman Publishing, and the influential Dickinson stationery family. It is thought that various items were passed from Sir John by descent via his daughter and granddaughter, into the possession of his great-granddaughter Mary.

Through these family members her estate includes pieces previously housed at Britwell Court, Buckinghamshire, Bosworth Court, Upp Hall, Hertfordshire, and latterly Ulladale, Strathpeffer. She was extremely interested in her ancestral history, and the proud custodian of her familial treasures. Included is a rare Georgian doll’s house, early needlework, as well as children’s games and toys.

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LOT 420 | NEEDLEWORK DRAWSTRING PURSE

LOT 420 | NEEDLEWORK DRAWSTRING PURSE
LOT 420 | NEEDLEWORK DRAWSTRING PURSE | 17TH/ 18TH CENTURY
11cm high, 10.5cm wide | Sold for £2,000*

 

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LOT 421 | GEORGIAN FINE NEEDLEWORK PURSE

 

LOT 421 | GEORGIAN FINE NEEDLEWORK PURSELOT 421 | GEORGIAN FINE NEEDLEWORK PURSE | 18TH CENTURY
12cm high, 10cm wide | Sold for £750*

 

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LOT 427 | CHARLES II STUMPWORK FRAME 

 

LOT 427 | CHARLES II STUMPWORK FRAME | 17TH CENTURY 58cm x 59.5cm | £500 - £700 + fees
LOT 427 | CHARLES II STUMPWORK FRAME | 17TH CENTURY
58cm x 59.5cm | Sold for £5,000*

 

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LOT 434 | IMPORTANT GEORGIAN DOLL'S HOUSE, 'THE EVANS BABY HOUSE'

 

The Evans Baby House Exterior
LOT 434 | IMPORTANT GEORGIAN DOLL'S HOUSE, 'THE EVANS BABY HOUSE' | 18TH CENTURY, WITH LATER ADAPTATIONS AND CONTENTS
Literature: Vivien Greene, 'The Evans Baby House', in English Dolls' Houses of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (London & Wisbech, 1979), pp. 157-160
86cm wide, 145.5cm high, 48cm deep overall | Sold for £47,500*

 

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LOT 445 | SET OF TWELVE PLAYING CARDS

SET OF TWELVE PLAYING CARDS

LOT 445 | SET OF TWELVE PLAYING CARDS | EARLY 19TH CENTURY
(Qty: 12) Each card 9.5cm x 6.5cm approx. | Sold for £4,000*

 

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Auction Information

 

Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art

23rd & 24th February 2022 

Live Online | Edinburgh

 

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Works of Art & Sculpture

 

The Works of Art department sells a wide variety of antique items covering nearly 400 years of European and British design. Sold as part of our Five Centuries: Furniture, Paintings & Works of Art sale series, items offered at auction range from the esoteric to those of popular appeal and include sculpture, mechanical items, textiles, decorative objects and artworks. Primarily focused on works produced during the 18th and 19th centuries, our team of specialists and consultants are able to value and advise on the current market.

 

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