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Toilette case or necessaire - Nécessaire


  • Object:

    Toilette case or necessaire

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750-1751 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Saint-Cloud porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis), tinned iron, silk, silver braid, glass, porcelain, silver, steel, paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss H. L. Greenfield in accordance with the wishes of the late Miss M. Bernardine Hall

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Kingwood parquetry box with two handles, lock and hinge of tinned iron and with blue silk lining bordered with silver braid. A mirror is set into the lid protected by a blue silk cushion. The box contains four faceted cylindrical cut-glass bottles and two smaller glass flasks, all six with silver mounts; a covered cup and saucer and toilet pot and cover of Saint-Cloud porcelain, both with silver mounts; a small cup ('timbale'), a fluted dish, a circular lidded box, a funnel, a knife, two bodkins and a combined ear pick and tongue scraper all in silver; and a pair of steel scissors. A folded sheet of paper used to stiffen the loose cushion is inscribed in ink with a list of porcelain and prices paid for it between October 1747 and 28 July 1749.

Mounts: The silver (except the circular box which is probably a replacement) bears discharge marks for 1750-6. The silver cup has the maker's mark of Charles-Nicholas Grebaude (fl. 1722-50/1).

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1750-1751 (made)


Saint-Cloud porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Kingwood (Dalbergia cearensis), tinned iron, silk, silver braid, glass, porcelain, silver, steel, paper


Height: 17.9 cm, Height: 37.3 cm open, Width: 28.5 cm, Depth: 27.1 cm, Depth: 34.5 cm open

Descriptive line

Kingwood 'toilette' case or 'necessaire', containing porcelain made by the Saint-Cloud porcelain factory, France, ca. 1750-1751

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Truman, Charles, A Saint-Cloud Price List in the Victoria and Albert Museum, French Porcelain Society Journal, Vol. II, 2005, pp. 24-32.
For comparison with a duplicate set see Ceramics & Glass Section Object Information file
Bremer-David, Charissa. Paris : Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011


Porcelain; Ceramics


Ceramics Collection

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