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THE MARK OF LUXURY FROM A FELLOW EXILE.

THE coffee pot was commissioned by London-based trader and fellow Huguenot Sir John Lequesne, who came to London as a child refugee with his younger brother, David, having fled Rouen like so many of his fellow Protestants.

Their father had arranged for them to lodge with a Spanish merchant and they never saw him again. He died from an illness after having been imprisoned for his beliefs.

The brothers prospered. John became free of the Grocers' Company and David the Salters' Company. They later set up business together trading with the West Indies.

John was elected an Alderman of the City and was a director of the Bank of England. He was knighted by King George II in 1737.

A successful marriage, bringing a dowry of PS20,000, and an equally successful career enabled him to commission only the best objects for his home.

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A Paul de Lamerie mug - utilitarian but with a fascinating provenance. Estimate: PS7,000-PS10,000.

More affordable - this pair of Hanoverian pattern de Lamerie spoons sold for PS75

This magnificent Paul de Lamerie coffee pot could be yours for PS3.5-PS4.5m
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2013
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