A very similar example by Paul de Lamerie from a toilet service made for the Rt. Hon. George Treby in 1724-24 is illustrated in P.A.S. Phillips, Paul de Lamerie His Life and Work, London, 1935, p. 81-81 and plate XXXIV.
The earliest toilet-services appear in England around the time of the Restoration. Centred around a dressing-table mirror the service would generally comprise rectangular boxes of various sizes, hair-brushes, a box with a pin-cushion top, a pair of small candlesticks, two scent- bottles and whisks such as the example offered here. These whisks were probably used for applying scent or powder.