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An extremely fine & unusual pair of early George III Serving Dishes made in London in 1761 by the Royal Maker, Thomas Heming.


These unusual Serving Dishes are oval in form with a raised shaped rim which is decorated with bold gadrooning interspersed with stylised foliate motifs flanked by scrolls. The centre of the dishes are engraved with the contemporary Armorial of a Lady surrounded by a cartouche of scrolls, Rococo shells, foliate motifs and floral sprays. Both are full marked on the reverse and engraved with their original scratch weight. The Armorials, displayed in a lozenge, are those of a Lady of the Cliffe family of Whitley, Co. Salop and Matherne, Co. Hereford. Alan Cliffe, of Witley, was Sheriff of Worcester in 1691.

Thomas Heming was principal Goldsmith to the King in 1760, an appointment which he hald until 1782. Some of his earlier surviving pieces in the Royal Collection show a French delicacy of taste and refinement of execution, which was unquestionably inherited from his master Peter Archambo. His masterpiece is most probably the Speakers wine cistern of 1770 at Belton House, Lincolnshire.

Length: 12.5 inches, 31.25cm.
Width: 9.75 inches, 24.38cm
Weight: 55oz, the pair.