Twenty-eight piece toilet service in original leather case
Container: 32.9 x 61 x 43.7 cm (12 15/16 x 24 x 17 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silver gilt, glass, boars' bristles, original leather-covered case with wrought-iron hardware
Not On View
Marked by Johann Erhard II Heuglin (master 1717–1757)
Cutlery marked by Philipp Jakob I Jäger (active 1715–1763)
Elaborate silver and silver-gilt toilet services were among the most important and most spectacular products of 18th-century Augsburg goldsmiths. In its forms and decorations, this toilet service numbers among the finest Augsburg examples surviving from the early decades of the 18th century.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, the morning toilet was an elaborate social ritual, lasting two or three hours and attended by guests of both sexes. Assisted by hairdressers, tailors, and valets, the nobleman and woman washed their face and hands, had their hair arranged and powdered, applied cosmetics and perfumes, and dressed.
Christian IX, King of Denmark (b. 1818 - d. 1906); by descent within the family to Carl Castenskiold (b. 1923 - d. 2006), Commander of the Royal Danish Navy. 2007, Galerie Neuese, Bremen, Germany. (Accession Date: September 19, 2007)
Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and William Francis Warden Fund, Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund, Frank B. Bemis Fund, Edwin E. Jack Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Fund, Harriet Otis Cruft Fund, Seth K. Sweetser Fund, H. E. Bolles Fund, Helen B. Sweeney Fund, Jane Marsland and Judith A. Marsland Fund, Warren Collection—William Wilkins Warren Fund, Mary L. Smith Fund, Alice M. Bartlett Fund, Samuel Putnam Avery Fund, Benjamin Pierce Cheney Donation, Frank M. and Marty T. B. Ferrin Fund, Joyce Arnold Rusoff Fund, Amy M. Sacker Fund, and by exchange from the Bequest of Maxim Karolik, Gift of Mrs. Sidney T. Allen, Bequest of Frank Brewer Bemis, Gift in memory of Dr. William Hewson Baltzell by his wife Alice Cheney Baltzell, John Gardner Coolidge Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Greene, Gift of Mrs. George Linder, Gift of Miss M.H. Jewell, Gift of the Walpole Society, Bequest of Helen S. Coolidge, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John Templeman Coolidge, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Newhall Smith in memory of her husband, John Wheelock Elliot and John Morse Elliot Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, Gift of the Trustees of Reservation—Estate of Mrs. John Gardner Coolidge, Gift of Mrs. Henrietta Page, Susan Greene Dexter Fund, Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914), Gift of Francis H. Bigelow, Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler, Swan Collection—Gift of Miss Elizabeth Howard Bartol, Gift of Mrs. Guy Lowell in memory of her husband, Guy Lowell, Bequest of James W. Paige, Gift of Mrs. Henry Mason, Bequest of Mrs. John H. Thorndike, and Gift of Miss Louise M. Nathurst