This plate is from a dessert-service which included seventy-two plates sold to Empress Joséphine on 9th March 1810, and delivered to the Elysée Palace. Napoléon Bonaparte had positioned his former wife in the palace following their divorce in 1810 but she and the service were moved to Malmaison in 1812 and her death swiftly followed in 1814. See L'Aigle et le Papillon, Symboles des Pouvoirs sous Napoléon (1800-1815) Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Exhibition Catalogue (Paris, 2008), cat. no. 219. A bowl from the service was recently sold by Bonhams, London on 3 December 2008, lot 370. An identical service bearing date codes for 1811 and 1812 was presented by Louis XVIII to Edward, Duke of Kent.