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George Heming & William Chawner An Elegant Neo-Classical Dessert Centrepiece on Stand

Silver and glass                                                                                                                      
London, 1779                                                                                                                 
Maker’s mark of George Heming & William Chawner

Length: 40.6 cm, 18 in                                                                                                    
Weight: 2,208 g, 71 oz


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Silversmith Biography

George Heming was the son of royal silversmith Thomas Heming Citizen and Goldsmith of London. He was apprenticed to his father 2 March 1763. His Freedom at the Goldsmith’s Hall is unrecorded. He appears as George Hemming, goldsmith, Piccadilly, in the Parl. Report list 1773, showing he had entered a mark, presumably in the missing register before that date. His hallmark is entered as plateworker, in partnership with William Chawner, 17 November 1774. Address: Bond Street. Second mark, Is February 1781. Address: Old Bond Street. Heal records G. Hem(m)ing, goldsmith and jeweller, Hand and Hammer opposite the Black Bear Inn, Piccadilly, c. 1760-73, but from the apprenticeship above the first date is either a mistake or refers to another. Heal also finds George Heming and William Chawner, plateworkers, King's Arms, New Bond Street facing Clifford Street, 1773-81; and Heming alone, at New Bond Street, I784-93, which makes it quite clear that they were successors to Thomas Heming at the same address.


The two-handled pirced oval bowl on four scroll supports with paw feet, chased with a band of stiff laurel leaves, with pierced Gothic-type arches, bifurcated reeded loop handles and reed and tie border. The base on four foliage and paw feet with acanthus chased scroll handles, the border chased with guilloche enclosing applied paterae, the centre with applied flowerhead on a calyx of laurel leaves, reed and tie border, with red glass liner.

An Elegant Neo-Classical Dessert Centrepiece on Stand Reference: DT20.51.15