Epergne, Thomas Heming (active 1745–73), Silver, British, London

Epergne

Maker:
Thomas Heming (active 1745–73)
Date:
1766–67
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Overall: 24 5/8 × 28 1/2 × 29 3/8 in. (62.5 × 72.4 × 74.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Lewis Einstein, 1952
Accession Number:
52.1.1a–x
Not on view
Inscription: Arms: (engraved in center of large basket, b);
Crest (engraved in center of 4 circular trays, u-x)

Marking: [1] Leopard's head crowned (London assay office mark);
[2] L (London date letter 1766–67);
[3] Lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[4] Script TH, pellet between, crown above (maker's mark of Thomas Heming, entered 1744).

Location of marks:
a) Center standard: [1] and [2] on rim below beaded molding;
b) Central basket: All marks on outside of foot-rim;
c) Canopy: [3],[4] on underside of top;
d) Finial: [3],[4] on underside of one of broken leaves;
e,f,g,h) [3],[4] on top of each;
i,j,k,l) [3],[4] on uppers surface above spring;
m,n,o,p) [3],[4] on the tang;
q,r,s,t) [3],[4] on base of r and t only; q and s unmarked;
u,v,w,x) [3] on base of each
Mr. Lewis Einstein (until 1952; to MMA)