The present plate is from a service presented by Louis XVI on 12 June 1886 in honor of the visit of the archduke and duchess, under their alias of the comte et comtesse de Nellembourg. Described in the factory records as fond bleu céleste, marguerites, barbeaux et roses, it included 72 plates at 36 livres each. The service was the fifth of six presented by Louis XVI to members of his wife's family. The service was broken up prior to 1888 after which date pieces appear on the art market in London at Christie's and in Paris at the Palais Galliira.
Archduke Ferdinand, Marie-Antoinette's older brother, married Maria-Beatrice d'Este, daughter of Ercole III, duke of Modena. Upon the abdication of his father-in-law in 1803, he then became duke of Modena, Reggio, Mirandola, and Breisgau.
François-Marie Barrat l'oncle is recorded at Sèvres as a painter specializing in flowers and in patterns 1769-1791 and 1795-1796.