OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTER ROGER BROOKES

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OUR GENEROUS SUPPORTER ROGER BROOKES

By Andrew Dixon

At the time of the 20th anniversary of The Friends it is appropriate to recognise the outstanding generosity of Life Member and an inaugural Ambassador, Mr C H (Roger) Brookes.

Mr Brookes and the Sir Wilfred Brookes Charitable Foundation have generously responded to calls for support over many years. In 2005 he supported the purchase of this very fine Rococo soup tureen by Alexander Johnston hallmarked for 1755 ... a quite early English soup tureen following the French fashion.

The handles are decorated with elegant acanthus leaves and the ovoid bombe form bears the armorial of Thomas Stonor and his wife Catherine Blundell and was probably added in 1795 to celebrate their marriage. The Stonors are an old Catholic family who have lived at Stonor Park near Windsor for over 800 years. The lightness and fluidity of the design belies the weight which is quite impressive.

This statement piece was a significant addition to the collection and helps add to the story of Georgian life and times told by the decorative arts.

Thank you, Mr Brookes, for your inspirational support.

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This article was originally published in fairhall, issue 28, October 2019, pp 31.

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