The present piece is from one of two services delivered to the Duc d'Aiguillon in 1773 in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs. The other service was presented by Louis XV to members of the Sardinian Court on the occasion of the marriage of his grandson Charles-Philippe to Marie-Thérèse de Savoie, whilst the present service remained in storage at the Ministry until 1776, when it was sold back to the Sèvres factory, in part exchange for a service with more modern decoration.
The service was resold by the factory in two parts, the first in 1781 to the dealers Keindal et Casnauva and the second in 1788, together with other pieces, to the Ministry of the Navy and Colonies for presentation as a gilt from Louis XVI to Tipu Sultan, Sultan of Mysore. The disposition of this part of the service is unknown, however the majority of the first part is now in the posession of the Marquis of Bath, at Longleat House in Wiltshire.
According to David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services, Vol. II, p. 485-487, no. 73-4, who discusses this service in some detail, ice cups were included in both part services. Six 'plateaux pour tasses à glace' were included in the original service delivered in 1773, although none now survive in the Longleat service.
A pair of salad bowls of this patter was sold at Christie's, New York, May 23, 2002, lot 66; and a pair of bottle coolers was in the Collection of Dr. Henry A. Chase, New York, sold at Sotheby's, New York, May 20, 1989, lot 82.
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