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    Sale 7686

    Highly Important Silver from the Collection of Lord Harris of Peckham

    25 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 18

    A GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT CHRISTENING-BOWL AND COVER

    MARK OF PHILLIP RUNDELL, LONDON, 1821

    Price Realised  

    A GEORGE IV SILVER-GILT CHRISTENING-BOWL AND COVER
    MARK OF PHILLIP RUNDELL, LONDON, 1821
    Compressed cylindrical and with two elongated spatulate handles, the rim and detachable cover each applied with a band of shells within trailing foliage, the handles each applied with a palmette, with a foliage and berry finial, the cover and body each engraved twice with a coat-of-arms, engraved underneath with an inscription, marked below handle and inside cover
    11¾ in. (30 cm.) wide over handles
    29 oz. (909 gr.)
    The inscription reads 'Henry Greswolde Lewis to his godchild Mary Greswolde Wilson France, born April 3rd 1820, christened August 8th 1820 at Leland, County of Lancaster.

    The arms are those of France quartering Wilson impaling Greswolde.


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    Henry Greswolde Lewis (1753-1829) of Malvern Hall, co. Warwick, inherited Malvern Hall from his mother Mary (d.1757), daughter of the Rev. Marshall Greswolde (d.1728).

    Mary Greswolde Wilson France was born in 1820 and was the eldest daughter of Thomas Robert Wilson France (1787-1853) of Rawcliffe Hall Lancaster, and his wife Mary Freer, whom he married in 1818. She died in 1853 unmarried at the age of 33.

    The unusually engraved coat-of-arms records the arms of her father and those of her godfather's mother. However it is interesting to note that the marriage of Mary Wilson France's parents, as recorded in the Gentleman's Magazine of 1818 refers to Miss Freer being of Malvern Hall', the home of Mary's godfather to be Henry Greswolde Lewis. It is possible that Miss Freer was the illegitimate daughter of Henry Greswolde Lewis, he being both Mary's godfather and grandfather. In his will Henry Greswolde Lewis left Mary's mother, Mrs Wilson France, née Freer, an income of £400 per annum and a trust of £6,000 for her three daughters. He also left a legacy of £10 to a widow named Mary Freer, presumably Mrs Wilson France's mother.

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    Provenance

    Given by Henry Greswolde Lewis (1754-1829) to his god-daughter Mary Greswolde Wilson France after her christening in 1820.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's London, 22 November 1984, lot 93.
    with S. J. Phillips, London.


    Pre-Lot Text

    HIGHLY IMPORTANT SILVER FROM THE COLLECTION OF LORD HARRIS OF PECKHAM