The Wallace Collection

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Two Boîtes à poudre, Two pots à pommade, Two boîtes à mouches, porte brosse, and à dessus de vergett
  • Toilet Service
  • Two Boîtes à poudre, Two pots à pommade, Two boîtes à mouches, porte brosse, and à dessus de vergett
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Probably Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis, the Elder (1695 - 1774), Designer
    Probably Dominique Joffroy, Painter
  • Sèvres, France
  • 1763
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • Two Powder Boxes, C458-9, Object size: 10.2 x 13.3 cm
    Two Pomade Pots, C460-1, Object size: 10.8 x 8.3 cm
    Two Patch Boxes, C462-3, Object size: 5.8 x 7.6 cm
    Brush Back, C464, Object size: 16.8 x 7.6 cm
    Brush Handle, C465, Length: 7.6 cm
  • Factory mark: interlaced Ls enclosing 'K', the date letter for 1763 Painted
    Painter's mark: a scrolling 'P', probably for Dominique Joffroy, op. 1753-70 Painted
    Incised mark: a reversed '3'
  • C458-65
  • Back State Room
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  • Vincennes and Sèvres toilet wares were for the cosmetics and hair preparations used during the lengthy ritual of the toilette. In the eighteenth century this was undertaken before courtiers, friends and tradesmen.
    This set comprises eight items; Two large powder boxes are decorated with heads of corn in relief on the top, as the face and hair powder was commonly made from starch. Gold mounts would provide an airtight seal to keep the contents dry and prevent mites fom infesting the product. The two tall pomade pots would have contained hair and face gease or face creams, and the two smaller boxes were for 'mouches', the black face patches worn by fashionable women at the time. The set also comprises a small brush for removing wig powder and a clothes brush.
    All pieces are decorated with a green ground, highlighted with gilding and pained with sprays of flowers.
    The service may have been intended for Madame de Pompadour, but was left incomplete on her death in 1764, subsequently being sold in 1767 to the dealer Rouveau. He in turn sold it to Queen Lovisa Ulrika of Sweden (1720 - 82) for whom it was fitted in a toilet table with matching porcelain plaques (now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York). Sir Richard Wallace acquired it in 1872 and had a storage case made for the items.