Toilette doboz

Metalwork Collection

Accession Nr.: 17861.a-d
Date of production:
early 19th century
Place of production: Austria
Materials: ivory; wax
Techniques: turned
diameter: 6,2 cm
height: 2,3 cm
A round ivory box with a pull-out cover. The slot and the two rims are lined by tortoise-shell. The cover shows a wax relief, painted in polychrome colours and gilt. It is placed under a domed glass, in a copper frame of stamped decoration. The relief depicts a scene with an altar with a short plinth, and flames, under a dome supported by two twisted columns. There are trees and flowers on the sides and an inscription below: BIEN UNIS. The inside of the cover was equipped with a glass mirror. The bottom part of the box can be divided into two parts by an ivory plate: one consists of two curved compartments, covered with ivory plates, while the other half serves as a container for the shaving brush with a bone handle.


  • szerző: Horváth Hilda: Iparművészeti kincsek Magyarországon. Iparművészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 2000. - Nr. 201. és 41. kép
  • szerző: Ács Piroska: Szelencék titkai. Helikon Kiadó, Budapest, 1994. - Nr. 135. és kép
  • Szerk.: Péter Márta: A klasszicizmustól a biedermeierig. Az európai iparművészet stíluskorszakai. Iparművészeti Múzeum, Budapest, 1990. - Nr. 2.68. (Lovay Zsuzsanna)