For a similar example with a trellis of bow-tied gilt-edged blue ribbons enclosing the flowerheads and acquired from Christie's Paris at the estate sale of Charles-Otto Zieseniss, see The Property of a Gentleman, Christie's New York, 18 May 2006, lot 543.
Antoine-Toussaint Cornailles is recorded at Sèvres as a flower-painter and a gilder, active 1755-1800; Jean-Baptiste Tandart l'aîné as a flower painter, active 1754-1800.
The present small tray, designed to support a single cup and saucer, was once part of the legendary Hillingdon Collection of Sèvres porcelain and French 18th century furniture with Sèvres porcelain plaques, formed by Sir Charles Mills Bt. (1792-1872) and his son Sir Charles Henry Mills, 1st Lord Hillingdon (1830-1898) of Hillingdon Court. The collection descended through the family, with portions sold through auction (Christie's London, 25 March 1968) and privately. One of the more important sales was of the Hillington collection of Sèvres vases sold to Joseph Duveen in 1936, by him to the Samuel Kress Foundation in the 1950's, and subsequently acquired by the Metropolitan Museum. In recent years, the noted dealer Adrian Sassoon has been the conduit for many pieces retained by the Hillingdon Heirlooms Trust.