Please note that the pearl has not been tested for natural origin.
Evelyn St George had a flat in Berkeley Square, and the lovers met and stayed there, appearing with increasing frequency in London society. The relationship resulted in a series of remarkable paintings by Orpen, his talents enthusiastically encouraged by Evelyn. Most famous are the full-length 'swagger' portraits of Evelyn herself, such as Mrs St George. Orpen fathered one of Mrs St George's children, Vivien, from whom the lot was inherited. In later years Vivien was to recall how her mother's boudoir expressed her "marked predeliction for oddities". "These were reserved from another truly titillating piece of furniture - the day-bed that jutted into the room from the shadows of a corner near the fireplace. Luxuriantly upholstered, drowned in rich cushions, it was quite capable of accommodating two adults, a Great Dane, one small child, an alligator and a monkey. I should konw - I was the child."
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