Charles’ cousin and Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley, and his wife have put their four-story Georgian Terrace town house with five spacious bedrooms on the market after extensive renovations for $4.5 million. They decided it’s not quite private enough, so they are looking for another one with more security that they can remodel. They used the proceeds from the sale of Princess Margaret’s villa on Mustique to buy a country house, a beautiful 19th-century chateau in Provence that they love and escape to whenever they can. Linley also is overseeing a catalog of his mother’s vast collection of Bristol glass, porcelain, silver and paintings, some of which he and his sister, Lady Sarah Chatto, are planning to sell next year. They have already sold Margaret’s custom-made burgundy Rolls Royce with its green leather upholstery and its blue police light perched on the roof. The auction will be a unique chance to buy a piece of Royal life. Just don’t count on seeing any of it on eBay.
The Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, born Serena Belinda Guinness, hit the town last week to show off her oeuvre display, an exhibition of her paintings hosted by the Irish Georgian Society at Manhattan’s Salander-O’Reilly Galleries. The marchioness, known in select circles as Lindy, is the really vivacious daughter of the late multimillionaire, British financier and international social figure, Loel Guinness. Devoted to her art, she paints, for the most part, scenes inspired by the surroundings of what she calls her dreary Irish bog of a house. Mostly they are of cows. (Of course, it isn’t a dreary bog at all, but a fine country house, but you know how marchionesses exaggerate.)
Pursuing her vocation, Lindy nipped off last summer to the Forbes family’s chateau, Balleroy, in Normandy, where the Prince of Wales has installed a painting class for talented and maybe not-so-talented students. There, she met Joan Rivers, who had left the hurly-burly of various appearances at clubs and casinos the world over to pick up a brush and relax. Well, sir, the girls bonded right off. They have a wicked wit in common, and became bosom buddies, painting happily away together.