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A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER SOUP-TUREENS AND COVERS
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A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER SOUP-TUREENS AND COVERS

LONDON, 1768, MAKER'S MARK RC, POSSIBLY FOR ROBERT COX, SEE GRIMWADE 3769

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A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER SOUP-TUREENS AND COVERS
LONDON, 1768, MAKER'S MARK RC, POSSIBLY FOR ROBERT COX, SEE GRIMWADE 3769
Of oval bombé form with two foliage and shell handles, on four foliage and scroll feet, the domed covers with gadrooned rim and pomegranate finial, later engraved twice with a coat-of-arms, the covers later engraved twice with a crest, each with a gadrooned rim, marked underneath and on cover bezel
14½ in. (37 cm.) long
125 oz. (3,870 gr.)
The arms are those of Wilks, for Colonel Mark Wilks (c.1760-1831). (2)
Provenance
Colonel Mark Wilks (c.1760-1831) and then by descent.
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Lot Essay

Born on the Isle of Man, Wilks moved to India with the East India company in 1781 and was commissioned into the Madras army in 1782. During his time in India he progressed through the ranks, becoming private secretary to Edward, second Baron Clive. In 1808 poor health forced him to leave India. On 20 November 1812 Wilks was appointed governor of St Helena, which was still under the control of the East India company. Although Wilks was governor of St Helena when Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on the island in October 1815, he was not responsible for him. He did however meet Bonaparte and they discussed, through an interpreter, subjects such as chemistry and India. Wilks was replaced on St Helena by Sir Hudson Lowe and returned to England in 1816, retiring from the East India company in 1818.
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