Cf. J. Lemaire, La porcelaine de Bruxelles, in: Des Porcelaines et des Oiseaux, Tournai, 1994, pp. 171-173.
J. Lemaire, Faience et Porcelaine de Bruxelles, Brussels, 2003, ill. pp. 136-137.
This service produced by Frédéric Faber in 1829 is one of the greatest achievements of Brussels porcelain in general, it consisted of 432 dishes and 220 dessert plates and costed 7000 guilders to Willem I or Guillaume I, King of the United Netherlands including Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg. The birds were diligently copied from an ornithological book by Temminck, founder of the Museum of natural history of Leiden. Temminck was a follower of the naturalist Buffon. Due to the Belgian Revolution in 1830, the service became property of the first king of the Belgians, Léopold I and it became known as the Service du Palais Royal used for state banquets and gala dinners.