George III Silver Sauce Tureens
Maker: Thomas Heming
An excellent quality pair of antique sterling silver tureens of small size. With classic boat shape and bead borders these...
An excellent quality pair of antique sterling silver tureens of small size. With classic boat shape and bead borders these lovely tureens have an entwined leaf design to both tops and covers and engraved crests to the front. Gilded inside. Beautifully made with a small piece cut for the serving ladle. Weight 1447 grams, 46.5 troy ounces. Height 13 cms. Spread 25 cms. Top edge 18.25 x 10.5 cms. London 1779. Maker Thomas Heming.
These lovely tureens are in excellent condition with no damage or restoration. Each piece is marked with matching silver hallmarks and maker's marks. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
Maker: Thomas Heming
Thomas Heming was apprenticed to Edmund Bodington on March 7, 1738, and turned over on the same day to the Huguenot goldsmith Peter Archambo. In 1745 Thomas Heming entered his first mark. Heming rose to prominence in 1760 with his appointment as Principal Goldsmith to King George III, in which capacity he was responsible for supplying regalia and plate required for the coronation. Heming held this appointment until 1782, when he was ousted after an investigation into his apparently excessive charges. Grimwade (1976, p. 543) comments that "some of his earlier surviving pieces in the Royal collection show a French delicacy of taste and refinement of execution which is unquestionably inherited from his master Archambo." It was Lord Bute, one of Heming’s most important patrons, who encouraged this significant new appointment. Heming was the first working goldsmith to hold this post since the early seventeenth century and the majority of pieces were made in his own workshop. The superb quality and refined delicacy of many of the items reflect the influence of Peter Archambo.
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