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Set of four boxes

John Parker (British, active 1759–77)

Maker:
Edward Wakelin (British, active before 1748, died 1784)
Date:
1766/67
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Silver gilt
Dimensions:
2 boxes: Overall (confirmed): 3 x 7 1/2 x 6 5/8 in. (7.6 x 19.1 x 16.8 cm) 2 boxes: Overall (confirmed): 2 x 5 1/16 x 3 5/8 in. (5.1 x 12.9 x 9.2 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Silver
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.543.13–.16
  • Description

    These boxes were part of a toilet service sold by the leading London retailers Parker and Wakelin to John Heathcote, who, a few years earlier, had married the heiress Lydia Moyer. Parker and Wakelin’s accounts for the sale show that the service included eight such boxes, a pair of candlesticks, two "essence pots," a looking glass, a "jewells trunk," and a pair of octagonal pierced trays. The cost for gilding the service was more than £56—roughly equal to the annual wage of a successful artisan—and the entire bill came to more than £300. There was a further charge of £6 6s for a "red morocco leather case with a drawer & 2 cushions."

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Impressed on underside of box: [1] I.P. over E.W. (makers' marks for John Parker and Edward Wakelin); [2] lion passant, crowned leopard head, and L (city marks for London, with date mark for 1766–67)

  • Provenance

    [ S. J. Phillips Ltd. (until 1984 and 1987; to Mrs. Wrightsman) ] ; Jayne Wrightsman (1984 and 1987–2008; to MMA)

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