13 - 14 June 2002
A George II silver-gilt inkstand
Mark of Thomas Heming, London, 1757
Shaped oblong, on four openwork scroll feet, with gadrooned borders, the serpentine gallery sides pierced with latticework, with two pen-trays and three bottle holders fitted with three silver-gilt mounted glass inkpots, each shaped square with incurved angles, sliding base, hinged or detachable pierced cover, and detachable cut-glass liner, with latticework sides and gadrooned and rope-twist borders, the stand engraved with scratchweight 45"13, marked on base of stand, sides, bases and two covers of fittings
10½in. (26.5cm.) long
46oz. (1,436gr.) without bottles
Probably supplied to Thomas, 3rd Viscount Weymouth and later 1st Marquess of Bath (1734-1796) and by descent to
John Alexander, 4th Marquess of Bath (1831-1896) Longleat, Wiltshire and by descent at Longleat
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1896 Inventory, (2nd Marquess' Heirlooms), Plate, '10½" gilt ditto ditto (oblong inkstand) with pierced gallery and three bottles to match'.
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