Toilet box (one of a pair) (part of a set), John Parker (British, active 1759–77), Silver gilt, British, London

Toilet box (one of a pair) (part of a set)

John Parker (British, active 1759–77)
Edward Wakelin (British, active before 1748, died 1784)
British, London
Silver gilt
Overall (confirmed): 2 x 5 1/16 x 3 5/8 in. (5.1 x 12.9 x 9.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2008
Accession Number:
Not on view
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."
Marking: [1] I.P. over E.W. (makers' marks for John Parker and Edward Wakelin);
[2] lion passant (English quality mark for sterling);
[3] leopard head crowned (London assay office mark);
[4] L (date mark for 1766–67).

Location of marks:
On underside of box
[ S. J. Phillips Ltd. , until 1987; to Mrs. Wrightsman ] ; Jayne Wrightsman , New York (1987–2008; to MMA)