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Cup and cover

  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1760-1765 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas Heming, born 1722 - died 1801 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt, raised, cast, chased and engraved

  • Museum number:

    M.9&A-1970

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 68, The Whiteley Galleries, case 9 []

The 5th Duke of Bolton was bearer of the Queen's crown at the coronation of George III, and it has been suggested that the cup was a royal gift on this occasion, in which case it would have come from the workshop of Thomas Heming, the Royal Goldsmith. The trade card of Heming, dating from about 1765, illustrates a very similar cup with a somewhat more rococo base and term handles, the latter in turn being paralleld by the Heming cup of 1759 in the Museum's collections (M.41-1959).

Physical description

Silver-gilt cup and cover on circular moulded base. Decorated with running trails of applied vine and engraved with the arms of the 5th Duke of Bolton. The cover surmounted by a ducal coronet. The body, waisted and supported on a circular, trumpet shaped base, the body and base decorated with running trails of embossed and chased, vine and grape ornament. Two scroll shaped handles, placed either side, cast and similarly decorated. The detachable cover, circular, rising to a narrow throat supports a ducal coronet.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)

Date

1760-1765 (made)

Artist/maker

Thomas Heming, born 1722 - died 1801 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt, raised, cast, chased and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

No hallmarks

Engraved with the arms of Charles Powlet, 5th Duke of Bolton

Dimensions

Height: 40.6 cm, Width: 27.5 cm with handles

Object history note

Exhibitions:
'Ontario Bicentennial Exhibition' June-October 1984, Royal Ontario Mus.

The arms belong to Charles Powlet, the 5th Duke of Bolton, who succeeded his father in 1759, and died by his own hand in 1765. The 5th Duke was bearer of the Queen's crown at the coronation of of George III. It has been suggested that the cup was a Royal gift on this occasion, in which case it would have come from the workshop of Thomas Heming, the Royal Goldsmith. The trade-card of Heming, dating from about 1765, illustrates a very similar cup with a somewhat rococo base and term handles, the latter in turn being paralleled by the Heming cup of 1759 in the Museum (M.41-1959)

Descriptive line

Cup and cover, silver-gilt, London (no hallmarks), ca.1760-1765, mark of Thomas Heming.

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

Oman, Charles. English Silversmiths' Work, Civil and Domestic, London, HNSO., pl. 143, 144

Materials

Silver; Gold

Techniques

Raising; Amalgam gilding; Engraving (incising); Chasing; Embossing

Categories

Ceremonial objects; Metalwork

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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