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Heart-Shaped Toilet Case
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Heart-Shaped Toilet Case

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Description Small precious cases like this example often contained women's toiletries or sewing tools. This elaborate, heart-shaped case contains two glass scent bottles with gold stoppers, a mirror, a folding ivory writing tablet, a gold bodkin, two gold toothpicks, and a miniature pair of gold tweezers in small, perfectly fitting compartments. A hollow casing for a lead pencil has a silver top set with a diamond for writing on glass. The button used to open the case and the floral element on its front as well as the oval ornament on its top are executed in silver set with diamonds and emeralds.
  • Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
  • Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1750
case: gold, wood frame covered with shagreen, silver, diamonds, emeralds; utensils: gold, glass, enamel, ivory, steel
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
Accession Number
2 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (6.03 x 4.45 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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