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The Duke of Norfolk Toilet Service

A Highly Important Queen Anne Toilet Service
Silvergilt                                                                                                                                                                    London 1708                                                                                                                                                          Maker’s mark of  Benjamin Pyne
                                                                                                                                           
Weight (gross): 517 oz

Provenance

The Dukes of Norfolk,
Rundell Bridge & Rundell (The case label bears this name)                                                                                      The Earls of Lonsdale, sol Christie’s 20th February 1947, 163

Literature

J.F Hayward, Huguenot Silver in England 1688-1727, 1959, pl.38                         
J.B Hawkins, The Al Tajir Collection of Silver and Gold London, 1983, vol I, p 21-23                                              Michael Clayton, The Collector’s Dictionary of Silver and Gold of Great Britain and North America, Woodbridge, second edition, 1985, p.432, pl.71.

Description

A toilet service, each with moulded borders, the majority engraved with a coat-of-arms or
crest (the arms are those of the Dukes of Norfolk), comprising:
Two oblong caskets, each on four pierced bracket feet (10 inches; 25.5 em long)
A similar oblong casket, the cover inset with a pin-cushion (7 Y:z inches; 19 em long)
A pair of circular boxes and covers (5 inches; 12.7 em diameter)
A pair of smaller circular boxes and covers (3 Y:z inches; 9 em diameter)
A pair of oval bowls and covers, each with cut card decoration and ring handle (6 Y:z inches;
16.5 em long)
A pair of small cups and covers, each with scroll handle and baluster finial (4 inches; 10 em
long)
A pair of small tazze (4 % inches; 12 em diameter)
A pair of vases and covers, each with baluster finial (3 Y:z inches; 9 em high)
A pair of octagonal candlesticks (7 inches; 18 em high)
A pair of chamber candlesticks, each with pear shaped handle
A helmet-shaped ewer and basin, the ewer with a scroll handle - the ewer 9 Y:z inches (24 em)
high; the basin 9 inches (22.8 em) diameter
A mirror with arched top and scroll cresting surmounted by a Ducal coronet (31 inches; 78.5
cm high)
An oval snuffer tray and a pair of snuffers, the later by Joseph Bird, 1708, and a pair of square
glass bottles and stands with detachable cylindrical covers; a pair of oval hair brushes; a pair
of whisks; a table bell; a pear-shaped bell pull and two extinguishers

 

The Duke of Norfolk Toilet Service Reference: 20760.1