Paulding Farnham designed this coffee service as part of a grand silver-gilt dessert service in the Italian Renaissance style for the Paris Exposition of 1900. As design director, Farnham was responsible for all the jewelry and the eclectic range of silver at the fair. This coffee service was also exhibited the following year at the Buffalo Exposition of 1901. A candelabrum and a set of four candlesticks from this service sold in these Rooms, 4 June 1988, lot 14 and 18 June 1998, lot 59. This service is discussed in Janet Zapata, "The Rediscovery of Paulding Farnham, Tiffany's Designer Extraordinaire", The Magazine Antiques, April 1991, pp. 724-25, plates VIII and IX.