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The quilt that sold at Tennants for £2300.

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Charlotte’s death in childbirth in 1817 was to bring a national outpouring of grief, but the quilt plainly celebrated happiniess and hope.

Decorated with heart and flowers, the Prince of Wales feathers and accompanying mottos Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense and Dieu Et Mon Droit, the 7ft 6in x 7ft (2.3 x 2.13m) quilt was in far from good condition.

There were areas of wear, tears and holes, later repairs and reinforcements, the wording in central panel was rubbed in places and embroidered over and the external floral border had been reduced and not properly finished.

Neverthless, the £300-500 estimate attracted international bids to Tennants’ (18.5% buyer’s premium) August 12 auction before the quilt sold to a UK collector at £2300.