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toilet service

Workshop: Heming, Thomas
toilet service

Date: 1768-1769

Media: silver gilt, glass, mahogany

Size: h(cm) : 70.5 x l(cm) : 56 x w(cm) : 7.6

Acquired: 1964; Purchased with the assistance of the Art Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 50386-414

This spectacular toilet service was given as a gift by Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn’s mother to her new daughter-in-law, Henrietta Somerset, in 1768. Silver toilet services, comprising a mirror, candlesticks and boxes for jewellery and patches, became a symbol of rank and high status from the 1660s. They were displayed on dressing tables with rich lace covers. Thomas Heming was principal goldsmith to the King, and this service is similar to the one he had made two years earlier for the Queen of Denmark.

This work is currently on display.

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