Tea service "tête à tête" in porcelain bearing the initials of Louis-Philippe in a garland of laurels. The service is composed of a tray, a teapot, two cups with their saucers, a milk jug and a sugar pot. The pieces have a polychrome decoration featuring two putti on clouds and bouquets of flowers on a light blue background. Friezes of ivy painted in gold embelish this beautiful decoration in Sevres taste. The handles are entirely gilded. The set can be used as a coffee service. It is presented in its original box.
All porcelains have Sevres and Château des Tuilleries apocryphal marks :
- "S.40", "S.41" and "S.36".
- Decoration mark: "Sèvres 1844".
- Red stamp "Château des Tuileries" surmounted by a crown.
Dim. teapot with its lid: H:16cm, D:14cm, W:10cm.
Dim. sugar bowl with its lid: H:13cm, W:12cm, D:11cm.
Dim. milk jug: H:10cm, D:10cm, W:8cm.
Dim. cup: H:6.5cm, W:9cm, D:7cm.
Dim. saucer: D:12,5cm.
Dim. tray: W:30cm, D:30cm, H:2.5cm.
Dim. box: L:44cm, P:34cm, H:14cm. / W: 17,3 in - D: 13,4in - H: 5,5in.
In overall good condition, the tray with light wear to the gilding.
In 1830, following the abdication of Charles X, the Duke of Orléans became King of France. The king, who had 9 children, settled with his whole family in the former royal and imperial residences such as Trianon, Les Tuileries, Saint-Cloud, or Fontainebleau as well as in his private residences including Neuilly, Dreux, Eu or Bizy. Louis-Philippe abolished "le grand couvert" and introduced four types of services crafted in Sevres porcelain, with several levels of luxury. They were stamped with a specific "château" mark and could be lent from one castle to another for large receptions. These exceptional pieces inspired the 19th century porcelain manufactories.