Small tea services, often intended for two, were manufactured in large quantities at Sèvres. This service (64.101.361a, b–.368) is distinguished by the complex pattern that surrounds the oval reserves painted with birds. The minutely detailed scales suggest peacock feathers, and the labor involved in painting them would have made this service unusually expensive. Sèvres made a variety of shapes for each of the types of tea wares that it produced. Each model was assigned a name; that given to the tray was also used to designate the service itself.
[Jeffrey H. Munger, 2004]
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Painted in blue enamel on underside:  Crossed L's enclosing O (Sèvres factory mark and year letter for 1767);  Script N (decorator's mark for François-Joseph Aloncle)
Incised on underside:  fi;  F
[ sale, Christie's, London , January 19, 1901, lot 65; probably this service, sold to Harding ]; Harding (in 1901) ; Otway (until about 1918; sale, American Art Association) ; Irwin Untermyer (until 1964; to MMA)