A George III sterling silver mug, by John Payne, London, 1758, of baluster form with double scroll handle, the body later chased with foliate scroll work and with a vacant cartouche to the front, 415gms, 13 cm high
George III. George III (1738 - 1820) was King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1760 to 1820.
cartouche. An ornamental panel in the form of of a shield, oval or rectangular scroll with curling edges. It may be carved into the back of a chair or the top of a sideboard, or present on a piece of silver or jewellery, and contain the initials of the original owner, heraldic symbols, or some other inscription, such as the details of a presentation.
In ceramics the term defines the central area of a vase or similar with a decorative border in one of the shapes above, into which a decorative scene or figures have been painted.
chasing. The method of decorating gold and silver objects using a punch and hammer so that the design appears in relief.
Flat or surface chasing is done from the front giving the item definition, but not cutting into the metal.
Chasing is the opposite technique to repousse, but an object that has repousse work, may then have chasing applied to create a finished piece.
The buyers premium is an additional percentage charge on the hammer price of the item, imposed by the auction house to cover administrative costs. The buyers premium percentage varies between auction houses, with a range of 12.5% to 22%.