Two of the plates were featured in the Art Journal Catalogue of the International Exhibition 1871, which described them as “graceful and beautiful, and also novel”. It attributes the general design to Daniell and Charles Rowe.' and the portraits to Charles Palmere, a figure painter at Coalport who painted other pieces for the 1871 Exhibition.
The service comes with its original oak chest and the lot estimate is $70,000 - $100,000.
The Exceptional Sale starts on January 27 at 12pm EST.