Box, Attributed to André-Charles Boulle and perhaps Gobelins Manufactory (French, founded 1662 - present), about 1675 - 1680, White oak veneered with amaranth, barberry, bloodwood, natural and stained boxwood, cedar, cherry, holly, green-stained hornbeam, mahogany, padouk, natural and stained maple, walnut, yew, and an unidentified wood; horn and pewter; fittings of steel
1710-1715 French Box at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "This box was almost certainly made as part of a toilet service. Toilet services were used by both men and women as part of a public dressing ceremony known as the levée or toilette. The custom of the levée was started in the 17th century by Louis XIV. Adopted by the French upper classes, it continued as an important form of elite socialising through the 18th century."