The present plates are from a service presented by Louis XVI to Karl Anton Joseph Johann Stanislaus, Archduke of Austria and Viceroy of Lombardy, older brother of Marie-Antoinette. He visited Paris between May and August, 1786 with his consort Maria Beatrice, Duchess of Massa and Princess of Carrara, they travelled under the assumed names of comte and comtesse de Nellembourg.
For a discussion of the service including details of dispersals in the 19th and 20th centuries see David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century (Little Berkhamsted, 2005), Vol. IV, pp. 775-778, no. 86-4.
Jean-Baptiste Tandart l'ané was a flower painter at Sèvres 1754-1800.
Mme. Geneviéve Taillandier (née Le Roy) was a painter of flowers, ground patterns and patterns, 1774-98.
André-Joseph La France was a gilder and flower painter, 1776-1803 and 1813-28.
Michel-Barnabé Chauvaux, l'ané or pére was a gilder, 1752-88.