both with interlaced L marks and painter's marks of a pin for Louis-Jean Thevenet, the darker-ground bowl with date code A, and incised A.D., the paler bowl with incised pin mark
(The darker-ground bowl) :Louis XV, King of France, presumably part of the first delivery, 24th December 1753.
(The two together, now mounted in ormolu), Robert von Hirsch, his sale, Sotheby's 23rd June 1978, vol.III, lot 525.
The Louis Quinze service was the first extensive service made at the Sevres factory, and was delivered to Versailles in three batches over two years, 1753 and 1754. In total, the service comprised 1,749 pieces, with a number of later additions and replacements.
Both the celebrated ground colour and many of the forms themselves were expressly created for the service, setting the Sevres style for the factory's most influential and important years.
The complicated history of the manufacture and supply of this service, and related pieces which seem to have been held back or eventually delivered to other buyers, has been largely disentangled by David Peters, to whom we owe thanks for his assistance.
In this instance, it seems most likely that the darker-ground bowl formed part of the initial delivery of the service to the King at Versailles, while the other bowl, with its paler ground colour and weaker gilding, may have been intended for the service, but held back, or even unfinished and gilded later.
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