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Artist: Johann Martin Saetzger (German, 18th century)

Date: c. 1755
Medium: Silver, gold
7 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (19.7 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm)
Credit Line: Museum purchase,1950
Object number: SN1539.17
On View: Art Museum Gallery 15
About this ObjectOne of a 33-piece nécessaire de voyage set in the Rococo style. Pieces have curvilinear edges and shell like shapes, embossed and incised foliage, wave motifs and C-shaped scrolls, and the occasional birds in trees in a manner reminiscent of Chinese art. Believed to be made for Swedish nobleman whose initials, "J.F.B.v.B." appear on the wooden chest which holds the individual pieces.

Toilet services like this one were used in the elaborate morning rituals undertaken by wealthy members of society. Though some items are now missing from it, this service contains over thirty pieces for both the toilet and the breakfast meal. Among the toilet items are the clothes brush, pincushion, and the various boxes and bottles for cosmetics. The breakfast items include the pitcher, serving bowls and platters, candlestick and snuffer, saltcellar, and the place setting with a knife, fork and spoon.
with Leni Fougner, New York; purchased by The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 1950
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