Georgian silver pear-shaped jug marked for Thomas Heming, London 1765 – £20,000 at Tennants.

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However, we can say with some confidence that this piece, marked for Thomas Heming, London 1765, was for wine as the cast and chased decoration includes swags of fruiting vines.

Heming’s trade card from the 1760s-70s, a copy of which is held in the British Museum collection and available to view online, depicts a jug (of a different form) with the same distinctive ornament.

This example came for sale at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) on May 22 with a provenance to Charles William Grenfell (1823-61) whose family owned Taplow Court in Buckinghamshire.

It improved significantly on the estimate of £3000-5000 to sell at £20,000.