The present tea service was designed for the Paris Exposition of 1889 and is illustrated in Gorham's bilingual catalogue, described as "Oriental East Indian Tea Service." The 1889 catalogue page is illustrated in Katherine Morrison McClinton, Collecting American 19th Century Silver, 1968, illus. p. 81.
There were two versions of this tea service, both completed by Gorham in 1888. Samuel Hough believed that the present service was the more elaborate of the two, having required an astonishing 701 hours of hand chasing.
See lots 6 and 39, a pair of oversized candelabra and a Columbian Exposition claret jug, that also formed part of the Lenox-Gorham archive.