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Cup and cover
  • Cup and cover
    Heming, Thomas, born 1722 - died 1801
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Cup and cover

  • Place of origin:

    London (assayed)

  • Date:

    1773-74 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heming, Thomas, born 1722 - died 1801 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Raised, cast, moulded, chased and tooled silver-gilt.

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

Two handled cup standing on a spreading foot with waisted stem and a calyx of laurel leaves below the bowl, the lower part of the bowl chased with fluting, above this, two oval medallions depicting groups of putti in scenes emblematic of love, with drapery swags between. The cover is of ogival form, with a a band of guilloche ornament around the border and chased with palmettes and foliage within, the fluted, waisted central section terminates in a bud finial above a calyx of laurel.

Place of Origin

London (assayed)


1773-74 (hallmarked)


Heming, Thomas, born 1722 - died 1801 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Raised, cast, moulded, chased and tooled silver-gilt.

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmark and date letter for 1773-1774
marked on foot rim of cup and cover

sterling standard mark
marked on foot rim of cup and cover

mark of Thomas Heming
marked on foot rim of cup and cover


Height: 44.8 cm, Height: 32.7 cm Cup alone, Weight: 3300 g

Object history note

Provenance: Purchased from Partridge (Fine Arts), Ltd., London, 1980.

Historical context note

The medallions in the body are probably cast from glass reproductions of ancient gems, produced by James Tassie (Schroder, 1988, p. 316)

Descriptive line

cup and cover, silver-gilt, London, Thomas Heming, 1773-1774

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Schroder, Timothy. The Gilbert collection of gold and silver. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1988, cat. no. 83, pp. 316-318. ISBN.0875871445




Raising; Casting; Moulding; Chasing; Gilding

Subjects depicted

Fluting; Guilloche; Putti; Palmettes; Love; Laurel leaves; Classicism; Allegory




Metalwork Collection

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