The refined decoration on this large service relates closely to other Yongzheng period patterns, and it may have been ordered after the 1729 French royal inventory, in which it does not appear. The addorsed L's supporting a flower sprig in the pattern's gilt border may represent the King's initial. The service descended in the Orléans family until Louis-Philippe, King of France 1830-48, gave it to a French nobleman, in whose family much remains today. See A. Lebel, Christie's International Magazine, January 2003.
An impressive array of shapes and forms comprise the French royal service. Two candlesticks were sold Christie's New York, The Benjamin F. Edwards III Collection, 22 January 2002, lot 136 and 22 January 2003, lot 73. A tripartite spice box and cover was sold Christie's New York, 14 October 1999, lot 114 and a small tureen and cover were sold Sotheby's Monaco, 23 June 1986, lot 1181.