• The Collection of Benjamin F.  auction at Christies

    Sale 2388

    The Collection of Benjamin F. Edwards III

    26 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 118

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II SILVER SAUCE BOATS

    MARK OF THOMAS HEMING, LONDON, 1756

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF GEORGE II SILVER SAUCE BOATS
    MARK OF THOMAS HEMING, LONDON, 1756
    Each fluted oval, on spreading foot with upswept handle cast with acanthus and bellflower, each engraved with a crest beneath handle, each marked under base
    8 in. (20.3 cm.) long; 29 oz. 10 dwt. (931 gr.) (2)


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    Sixteen sauceboats of this model were ordered by George III in 1761 from Thomas Heming (see George III & Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting and Court Taste, 2004, p. 322, no. 339). Heming was appointed Principal Goldsmith to the King in 1760. A pair of Heming sauce boats engraved with Royal arms, 1770, is illustrated in Vanessa Brett, The Sotheby's Directory of Silver, 1600-1940, 1986, p. 223, no. 989.

    Provenance

    Miss Hilda Porisco, 21 Cadogan Gardens, London
    Sotheby's, London, 14 May 1942 (one of two pairs)
    The other pair sold Sotheby's, New York, 16 April 2005, lot 272 Sotheby's, New York, 23 October 2006, lot 284
    With Alastair Dickenson, London