Marc Louis Solon, whose work is most recognized through his works he made for the Mintons factory, was first hired by the Imperial Manufactory of Sèvres in 1857, where he trained as a pâte-sur-pâte decorator. According to Bernard Bumpus in Pâte-sur-Pâte,The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration, 1849-1992, p. 52, Eugène Rousseau, a successful dealer in ceramics, glass and art in Paris, and Solon became friendly during Solon's period. Bumpus cites Solon's encounter with Rousseau, ibid. :"One day when we were chatting together about the various decorative schemes he was anxious to bring out, he asked me whether I would not undertake to make for him a few small pieces, vases and plaques, decorated by the new process [pâte-sur-pâte]... All I did under these conditions was signed 'Miles', a name which contained my three initials, M.L.S." Bumpus further notes on p. 53 that "despite Solon's statement that he signed his productions 'Miles', many are unsigned." The present example appears to be one of the few signed pieces.