Louis-Philippe, duc d'Orléans was the son of beheaded 'Philippe-Egalité' and his wife Louise-Marie de Bourbon-Penthièvre. He married Princess Marie-Amelia of Bourbon-Naples in 1809 and became King of France in 1830 after the abdication of King Charles X. He reigned until the Revolution of 1848.
Louis-Philippe was a great patron of the arts. Sculpture, painting, theatre, and literature all flourished under his reign and several ambitious building campaigns were undertaken at Versailles and the Trianon.
A set of twelve silver-gilt dessert-plates of the same size, also engraved with the arms of Louis-Philippe, and marked by an Orleans silversmith were part of the Collection de Madame Nelia Barletta de Cates and sold at Christie's, Paris, 18 March 2003, lot 63. Another plate that matches the preceding set was offered at Christie's, London, 1 December 2005, lot 327.
CAPTION: Louis-Philippe, King of France (r. 1830-1848), by Samuel Freeman, after Denis Auguste Marie Raffet, courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London