Small tea services, often intended for just two people, were produced in large quantities at the Sèvres factory. Both the number of surviving services and the factory's extensive archives indicate that tea wares were not only popular but also an important source of revenue for the factory. This set (37.20.5–.9) is missing its sugar bowl and a cup and saucer, but it is notable nevertheless for its lavish gilding.
[Jeffrey H. Munger, 2006]
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside:  Crossed Ls enclosing G (Sèvres factory mark and date letter for 1759–60);  A comma (decorator's mark for Charles-Louis Méreaud)
Incised on underside:  Script M
Emma T. Gary , New York (until 1937; bequeathed to MMA)