Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Boîte à savonette

Manufacture Royale
Factory director:
André Philippe
ca. 1770–80
French, Montpellier
Faience (tin-glazed earthenware)
Height: 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of R. Thornton Wilson, in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1950
Accession Number:
50.211.58a, b
Not on view
This boîte à savonette presumably was en suite with a sponge box, and a barber's basin; it seems to be a rare survivor and may have been specially made for a particular perfumer or seller of toilette articles in Montpellier, by one of the soap factories there.
Marking: Unmarked
Charles Perrot (until 1923; his sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, March 20–22, 1923, no. 36); Gaymard de Marseilles (after 1923–before 1933) ; Tumin (by 1933–36; Tumin sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 11, 1936, no. 10); [ Gaston Bensimon , New York; sold to Wilson ] ; R. Thornton Wilson (until 1950; to MMA)
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