• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 111

    A GEORGE III SILVER MUG

    MARK OF THOMAS WHIPHAM II AND CHARLES WRIGHT, LONDON, 1762

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE III SILVER MUG
    MARK OF THOMAS WHIPHAM II AND CHARLES WRIGHT, LONDON, 1762
    Baluster form, on circular base, with scroll handle at border, the body engraved with armorials and inscribed, L'Ocean Le Redoutable Burnt off Lagos The 18th Aug 1759, marked under base, also with scratch-weight '13"16'
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) high; 13 oz. 10 dwt. (426 gr.)


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    The arms are those of Williams, Penrhyn, co. Carnarvon, Wales.

    This mug commemorates the Battle of Lagos, an important British naval victory during the Seven Years' War. In August 1759, the French Mediterranean fleet sailed for Brittany in order to support a planned French invasion of England. Off Lagos, Portugal, they encountered a British fleet under the command of Admiral Edward Boscawen. During the subsequent battle, two French ships, L'Ocean and Le Redoutable, were driven ashore and burnt (as depicted on this mug). In November, the British defeated the French Atlantic fleet at the Battle of Quiberon Bay, permanently dashing the French plans to invade the British Isles.

    Provenance

    With Alastair Dickenson, London