1 December 2005
A WILLIAM III SILVER DRESSING-TABLE BOWL AND COVER
MARK OF JOHN LEACH, LONDON, 1699
The body circular and with a part fluted lower body, each capped with engraved foliage, supported on a spreading foot with a gadrooned rim, with two applied snake twist handles, engraved with a coat-of-arms, the detachable cover with part fluting and a gadrooned rim, with a baluster finial, marked near rim and on flange of cover
7¼ in. (18.3 cm.) wide over handles
14 oz. (430 gr.)
The arms are those of Banks impaling Dethick, for Sir John Banks 1st. Bt. (1627-1699) and his wife Elizabeth (d.1696), daughter of Sir John Dethick of Tottenham, Middlesex, Lord Mayor of London (1657-7), whom he married in 1654.
Banks, from a wealthy wool dealer's family, made a considerable fortune suppling the navy during the Commonwealth. He was created a baronet at the Restoration for handling an old debt for King Charles II (1660-1685). He was M.P. for Maidstone three times during the Protectorate. Although disliked by the Kent gentry he was returned as M.P. for Winchelsea in 1678, with the diarist Samuel Pepys being one of his champions. At his death in 1699 he was judged to be one of the richest businessmen in England with an estate valued at around £180,000. His estate passed to his two surviving daughters.
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