These cups and saucers were once part of a service made for William Eden, who was created Lord Auckland in 1793 after his successful negotiation of the Treaty of Navigation and Commerce with France. For a discussion of this and the other Eden service, see Aileen Dawson, 'The Eden Service, Another Diplomatic Gift', Apollo, April 1980, p. 296, where Dawson points out that at the time of writing, no pieces from this service had come to light, although examples of plates with similar decoration and made at about this time are in the V & A Museum, London. On p. 297, Dawson illustrates a copy of an original design for the service made for Edmond de Rothschild. A plate from the same service, formerly in the Charles-Otto Zieseniss Collection, was sold by Christie's Paris on 6th December 2001, lot 248.
Jean-Joseph-Philippe Boucot fils cadet was a painter of flowers, birds and patterns at Sèvres from 1785 to 1791; Jean-Jacques Pierre (le jeune) was a painter of flowers and patterns (and a gilder) at Sèvres from 1763 to 1800, and Pierre-Jean-Baptiste Vandé (fils or l'aîné) was a gilder and painter of flowers and patterns from 1779 to 1824.