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The Royal Silversmith, Thomas Heming. A very rare pair of George III Sideboard Dishes made in London in 1763 by Thomas Heming.

£ 7,950

The Dishes are circular in form with a shaped rim decorated with gadrooning. The bowl rises up to a wide rim which is engraved with a contemporary Lion Rampant Crest. The Dishes are in excellent condition and are very well marked on the reverse. The dishes are of a large size and could be used for serving a variety of things on the dining table, as well as canapes. Due to their large size, when not in use they would have been placed upright on the sideboard, as a status symbol.

Thomas Heming was a quite exceptional silversmith who was appointed Principal Goldsmith to the King in 1760. He held this position until 1782 and a crown can be seen above his maker's mark denoting his premier position. He had workshops in New Bond Street when this very fine pair of dishes were made. Some of his surviving pieces, in the Royal Collection, show a French delicacy of taste and refinement of execution which is unquestionably inherited from his master, Peter Archambo. His "Masterpiece" is most probably the Speaker's Wine Cistern, made in 1770, at Belton House in Lincolnshire. He died between 1795-1801.

Diameter: 13.25 inches, 33.13cm.
Weight: 60oz, the pair.