The pair of plates in the present lot are from a service commissioned by Prince Napoleon (Napoleon-Joseph-Charles-Paul Bonaparte) in 1856. There were seventy-two assiettes plates listed in the factory records for the dessert service 'fd. rouge dcor trusque'. It is thought that Prince Napoleon (notoriously immoral and nicknamed Plon-Plon) ordered the service for his mistress, the tragic actress Mademoiselle Rachel (Flix). See Aileen Dawson, French Porcelain, A Catalogue of the British Museum Collection, London, 1994, pp. 230-232, for an extensive discussion on this service.