The present seau is one of two in a small service delivered to the duc de Liancourt on 25 December 1780. The decoration was described in the sales records as 'Mirthe Roses et chiffre. The letters 'LC' in the monogram must stand for LianCourt, as the duchess's initials do not include the letter C.
On 13 November 1780, the duke bought two plates of unspecified decoration from the factory, priced at 20 and 24 livres. He may have been trying to choose a pattern for his service, as he placed the order for it by 22 November of that year. The two coolers were priced at 48 livres each, each of the 24 plates at 15 livres. Tandart is recorded in the Artists Ledgers as having been given the two seaux on that date, with the decoration recorded as 'double feuillage, myrthes, roses et barbeaux'. Kiln books record the firing of a service of this description on 10 December 1780.
François-Alexandre-Frédéric, duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt (1747-1827), embarked on a military career before succeeding his father as Grand Maître de la garde robe du roi in 1783. He is most famous for the reply he made in 1789 to Louis XVI's question: "C'est une grande révolte?" [Is it a large uprising?] -- Non, Sire. C'est une révolution!"
This philanthropic grandee encouraged new developments in industry, agriculture and human rights, fighting in particular for the abolition of slavery. During the Revolution, he spent some time in the United States, where he met Talleyrand, Hamilton and Jefferson.