A grand silver toilet service was among the wedding gifts an aristocratic bride might receive from her parents or from her betrothed. Fanciful Chinese scenes such as the skillfully chased ones on this example were favored for luxury items for the private rooms of the home. A toilet service would have been displayed in a lady’s bedroom or in her closet—a smaller more intimate, connecting room, where blue-and-white porcelain and lacquered furniture or wall paneling might be among the furnishings, all suggestive of the exotic and unfamiliar taste of the Far East. The silversmith responsible for this toilet service was a skilled chaser, but he likely made the plain boxes for this set and sent them to a specialist to be decorated with the whimsical chinoiserie scenes. Mary Evelyn’s satirical poem, excerpted here, lists many of the items that were part of a fashionable woman’s grooming ritual.