Johann Martin Satzger I (ca. 1707–1785, master 1737)
L. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Not on view
Beginning in the seventeenth century, Augsburg was one of Europe’s main producers of silver wares. In the second half of the eighteenth century, when these boxes were made, its main competitors were London and Paris. A royal or aristocratic client who wanted to purchase a toilet service for a wedding gift might solicit proposals from goldsmiths in all three cities, as, for example, an agent for Augustus III did in Dresden in 1747. Johann Martin Satzger I was the preeminent maker of dressing-table sets in Augsburg; many of the leading aristocratic families in Germany commissioned a toilet service from him.
Marking:  IMS, in oval, maker's mark of Johann Martin Satzger I, ca. 1707-1785, master 1737 (Seling, Augsburger Goldschmiede, 1980, no. 2291);  Augsburg town mark for 1761-1763
Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA)