Wilkes & Liberty punch bowl: 18th century
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Wilkes & Liberty punch bowl. A Chinese export porcelain commemorative punchbowl, dedicated to John Wilkes, 1768. The radical MP John Wilkes enjoyed great popular following. On several occasions the London mob rose in his support and the streets resounded to cries of 'Wilkes and Liberty', the inscription on the side of this bowl. The outside is painted with busts of John Wilkes and Lord Mansfield, separated by a floral spray. The bust of Mansfield is set within a shield with a snake and thistles on the crest, supported by King George III and the Devil. The motto beneath reads ' JUSTICE SANS PITIE'. The bust of Wilkes is set in a shield with a lion on the crest and 'A just man' and 'A citizen of London' as supporters. The motto beneath reads 'ALWAYS READY IN A GOOD CAUSE'.
1767 AD - 1769 AD