This Limoges service was one of a pair commissioned as a gift from France to Princess Margaret on her marriage to Lord Snowdon in 1960. As a reserve service it was kept should there be any breakages to the gifted service; it was eventually sold in 1978 when the factory closed.
Cf. Property from the Collection of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Vol. II: Silver, Furniture and Works of Art, Christie's King Street, Wednesday 14th June 2006, lot 763, for a tureen from the service.