A magazine article titled ‘Decouverte d’un service à thé Louis-Philippe’ accompanies this lot. The article is from an unspecified French publication, dating probably to the 1970s, and details that this tea service was a gift from Louis-Philippe (r. 1830-1848), the last king of France, to Sultan Abdulmejid I (r. 1839-1861) in Constantinople. The article records that this service was later apparently in the imperial residence, the Yildiz Kiosque in Constantinople until sold to a French collector at a sale of the contents of the imperial palaces of Constantinople in 1920. While no sale catalogue can be identified to date, the last of the Ottoman sultanate, Mehmed VI, had been deposed by November 1922, and the Yildiz Kiosque converted into a casino by 1926, as reported in The Illustrated London News, 9 October 1926, p. 640; 30 October 1926, p. 837. The rest of the Royal palaces of the Sultans were likewise transformed into museums or other places of entertainment. Research into Louis-Philippe’s archive, held at the Archives Nationales, supports the idea of a dipolmatic gift: ‘Allocations de munificence : dons, présents... Frais de renvoi de pièces brisées, d'un surtout de porcelaine donné à Constantinople au sultan Abdul Medjid’ (O/4/2368), and ‘A signaler : - allocations et munificences : voyage de Rosenbaum pour accompagner les pièces restaurées du surtout donné au sultan de Constantinople’ (O/4/2375).