The design for the service is very similar to a coffee-pot and stand and a tea-kettle and stand, also made by Rundell for Sir Richard Sutton which were sold Christie's London, 7 March 1997, lots 104 and 105. It was almost certainly en-suite with these two pieces. Designs for the coffee-pot and kettle can be found in the album of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell drawings bought by the Victorian and Albert Museum in 1964.
Sir Richard Sutton succeeded to the baronetcy and his grandfather's extensive estates on the death of the latter in 1802. During his long minority his wealth increased considerably and on attaining his majority he immediately married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Benjamin Burton of Burton Hall, co. Carlow. No doubt the present tea-service and other lots sold by Christie's on 31 March 1976, 11 May 1994, and 5 March 1997, were plate commissioned to celebrate the wedding. Sir Richard was a keen sportsman, noted for his hospitality and his love of music. Although asked to stand for parliament on a number of occasions he never entered politics, for which he was said to hold particular contempt. His chief interest was hunting at which he excelled. He died in 1855 at his London residence, Cambridge House, 94 Piccadilly.