A Sèvres plate (assiette) possibly from the Bedford Service date code for 1761, painted by François Binet with a central flower spray, the rim with three shaped floral panels reserved on a blue ground with a gilt vermiculé design, blue interlaced Ls mark enclosing date letter i, some gilt wear, a restuck rim chip, 24.2cm. Cf. Rebecca Shaw, A Thing of Beauty is a Joy for Ever, pp.80-81 for a similar example. Provenance: purchased from Shepton Mallet, 18th November 2001. John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, was the British Ambassador to France between September 1762 and June 1763. An extensive dinner service was gifted to his wife, Duchess Gertrude, in recognition of the Duke's work in negotiating the end of the Seven Years War in 1763. The majority of the service is in the collection at Woburn Abbey. A very similar service was gifted to the duc de Nivernais on 28th January 1763.
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