The present shaped square dish is from the service made at Vincennes for Louis XV and delivered in three parts between June and December 1754 and in December 1755. It can be identified as from this first service made by the factory through a combination of the date letter forming its mark, the distinctive mottled turquoise ground color known as bleu célste, and the gilding pattern of imbricated disks issuing flower garlands surrounding the cartouches on the sides. As square dishes were included only in the second delivery, it must be one of the four compotiers carrés, 1ère grandeur delivered on 31 December 1754 and priced at 120 livres each.
The royal bleu céleste service was commissioned in 1751 for the Château de Versailles. A significant part of the complete service was sold by Louis XV to Etienne-François de Choiseul, Comte de Stainville-Beaupré. The sale was completed in July 1757 through Lazare Duvaux. This part of the service, as well as further supplements made in 1761, was probably inherited by his nephew, the duc de Choiseul-Stainville (1760-1838) and part of this service is thought to have been sold the Edwin Holmes Baldock, directly or through an intermediary to the Fifth Duke of Buccleuch on 5 November 1830. This part of the service is retained in the collection of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry at Boughton House, Northamptonshire.
Pieces from this Louis XV service have appeared since on the art markets, including an oblong octagonal plat à hors d'oeuvres 'carré à cordons' and a mustard pot from the collection of Dr. Bruce Wilson, sold Treasures of France, Christie's, New York, 24 October 2012, lots 32 and 33; and, more recently, an oval platter acquired at auction in England by Vandermeersch, Paris.
The service at Boughton and other Vincennes and Sèvres porcelain is discussed by Rosalind Savill in her chapter, 'The Sèvres Porcelain Collection of the Fifth Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch', see Tessa Murdoch et al., Boughton House: the English Versailles, London, 1992, p. 144. See also David Peters, Sèvres Plates and Services of the 18th Century, Little Berkhamsted, 2005, Vol. II, pp. 283-290, service nos. 54-1, 54-2 and 55-1 for an itemized listing of each of the three deliveries and the associated costs.