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Pair of sauceboats


Origin: London

Date: 1756-1757

21 cm length; 561 g and 591 g weight

Marks/Maker: London, sterling standard, 1756-7, maker's mark of Thomas Heming

Heraldry: Probably crest of Henry Conyngham

Provenance: Probably Henry, Viscount Conynham (d.1781)

Bequeathed by Melville Thompson, 2001; WA2001.184.1; WA2001.184.2

T. Schroder (2009), no. 157

This design is particularly associated with Thomas Heming and a number of other very similar boats with his mark are known dating from 1758 to 1770. It is a radical departure from English rococo and is closely based on a French model, particularly the bat wing ornament, current in France since at least the 1740s.

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

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