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12-piece Toilet Service

Comprising a pair of salvers, pomade pots, mirror, casket, pair of boxes, pair of small boxes, pin cushion and a brush.

Provenance

1680, probably made for Elizabeth Culme (b. about 1645/1650 - d. 1715), second wife of Sir John Morton (d. 1698/1699), 2nd Bt., Milbourne St. Andrews, Dorset; by descent to John Morton's daughter, Anne Morton, wife of Edmund Pleydell (b. 1651 - d. 1726); by descent through the Pleydell family to Mrs. Arnold Foster [see note 1]; May 13, 1964, Mrs. Foster sale, Christie's, London, lot 126, to "Johnson" [see note 2]. Hugh Molyneux (b. 1898 - d. 1972), 7th Earl of Sefton; November 21, 1973, posthumous Earl of Sefton sale, Christie's, London, lot 127, to Wartski (dealer), London. Jaime Ortiz-Patiño (b. 1927 - d. 2013), Malaga, Spain; May 21, 1992, Ortiz-Patiño sale, Sotheby's, New York, lot 155. June, 1993, acquired by The Whiteley Trust, Norfolk, England [see note 3]; June 13, 2000, Whiteley Trust sale, Christie's, London, lot 14, bought in; 2002, sold by the Whiteley Trust to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 27, 2002) NOTES: [1] The service descended to Anne Morton's granddaughter, Louisa; to her son, John Mansell (Pleydell); and then to his granddaughter, Mrs. Foster. [2] The two salvers comprised by this service (MFA accession nos. 2002.27.1-2) passed out of the family's possession at an unkown date. They belonged to the dealer How of Edinburgh, and were sold June 10, 1993, through Sotheby's, London, before being acquired by the Whiteley Trust. [3] The service was first lent to the MFA in 1997.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection, by exchange

English, 1680

Dimensions

Overall (salvers): 20 x 20 x 5 cm (7 7/8 x 7 7/8 x 1 15/16 in.) Overall (pomade pots): 7 x 5 x 5 cm (2 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.) Overall (mirror): 73.5 x 45 cm (28 15/16 x 17 11/16 in.) Overall (casket): 27.5 x 21 x 8 cm (10 13/16 x 8 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.) Overall (boxes): 14 x 14 x 7.5 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 15/16 in.) Overall (small boxes): 9.3 x 9.3 x 4.2 cm (3 11/16 x 3 11/16 x 1 5/8 in.) Overall (pin cushion): 20 x 15 x 4 cm (7 7/8 x 5 7/8 x 1 9/16 in.) Overall (brush): 14 x 14 x 7.5 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

2002.27.1-12

Medium or Technique

Silver with flat-chased decoration; velvet; animal bristles; wood

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver