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A LOUIS-PHILIPPE SILVER-GILT AND PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE, IN BLACK LEATHER CASE
A LOUIS-PHILIPPE SILVER-GILT AND PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE, IN BLACK LEATHER CASE
A LOUIS-PHILIPPE SILVER-GILT AND PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE, IN BLACK LEATHER CASE
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A LOUIS-PHILIPPE SILVER-GILT AND PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE, IN BLACK LEATHER CASE
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A LOUIS-PHILIPPE SILVER-GILT AND PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE, IN BLACK LEATHER CASE

THE SILVER MARK OF CHARLES-DENIS-NOEL MARTIN, PARIS, 1826-1837, THE PORCELAIN BY PARIS, CIRCA 1835

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A LOUIS-PHILIPPE SILVER-GILT AND PORCELAIN TEA SERVICE, IN BLACK LEATHER CASE
THE SILVER MARK OF CHARLES-DENIS-NOEL MARTIN, PARIS, 1826-1837, THE PORCELAIN BY PARIS, CIRCA 1835
Serving twenty-four, comprising: a silver-gilt tea pot and cover with ebony handle and finial, a silver-gilt creamer with ebony handle, and a sugar bowl and cover with ebony finial, all decorated with floral and fruiting swags; twenty-four silver-gilt spoons decorated with floral motifs and ribbon-tied wreaths (four replaced); a diamond-cut and moulded glass rectangular tea caddy with gilt-metal guilloche brand above lock and key; six green-ground tea cups and saucers, six rose-ground tea cups and saucers, and twelve tea cups and saucers, all finely decorated with floral bouquets; and two gilt and polychrome lacquered rounded rectangular trays, one depicting Oriental landscapes, the other with a large floral bouquet; enclosed in a gilt-tooled black leather fitted travel case lined in red silk, with engraved lock and lock plates, flanked by two gilt-bronze handles engraved with cornucopia
The tea pot and cover: 7 in. (17.5 cm.) high
The creamer: 5 ½ in. (14 cm.) high
The sugar bowl and cover: 5 ½ in. (14 cm.) high
The tea caddy: 4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) high
The trays: 32 in. x 25 ½ in. (81.5 x 64.5 cm.)
The case: 33 ¾ in. (86 cm.) long; 26 ¾ in. (68 cm.) wide; 9 in. (23 cm.) high
Provenance
By tradition given by Louis-Philippe (1773-1850), King of France, to Abdulmejid I (1823-1861), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

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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).

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