These twelve plates bear striking similarities to the service given by King Louis XVI of France as a diplomatic gift to the Duchess of Manchester in 1783. The Duchess of Manchester service is virtually complete with all but four of the assiette à palmes in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle, each bearing a date code post 1776. The Sèvres factory records a series of stock service wares that were decorated and fired between 1776-1783 with almost identical gilding patterns and enamel decoration to the present lot and the Duchess of Manchester service, called fond bleu céleste Groupes de fleurs in the factory records. Although these stock items were used to complete other services, including one for the marquis de Noailles in 1777 and one for an M. Parent in 1778, many of the pieces were not fired until 1780-81. It is highly likely that the present plates once formed part of a service purchased by the marchand-orfèvre Jacques Billet of Paris on 30th June 1781. For a listing of the contents and discussion of this service see David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century (Hertfordshire, 2005), Vol. III, pp. 623-624. See also the plate from the Collections of Hanns and Elisabeth Weinberg and the Antique Porcelain Company of New York sale, Sotheby's New York, 10 & 11 November 2006, lot 628.