Important Silversmiths – Thomas Heming
Thomas Heming was apprenticed to the Huguenot silversmith Peter Archambo, who helped introduce the Rococo style in England. In 1745 Thomas registered his first mark and began to trade the following year from his shop in Bond Street, London.
In 1760, encouraged by his principal patron Lord Bute, Heming was appointed Principal Goldsmith to the King George III, title he managed to maintain until 1782. Among the commissions he received it is worth to mention the Coronation service ordered by George III in 1761, the largest royal order of silver realised for decades. Other remarkable works include a silver gilt toilette service commissioned by the Queen of Denmark in 1766 and a number of tableware still part of the Royal Collection, realised in a renewed Rococo style that reflects the influence of his master Archambo.
Thomas Heming retired in 1783 and the business passed down to his son George first and to the following family generation after that, receiving further royal appointments and commissions.
The firm is still active nowadays, located in Piccadilly Arcade in London Mayfair and specialising in fine jewellery.