The final payment was registered on 13 January 1792 when the royal family was still in captivity.
The overall theme of the decorations are mythological scenes which were carried out by various artists including Claude-Charles Gérard (Head of paintings at Sèvres), Claude-Antoine Didier and Charles-Nicholas Dodin. Despite the huge sums spent on the service, no new shapes were created for it. Actually, the shapes for the wine coolers and such was 40 years old.
The service includes two kinds of plates: those you eat off and those you show off. The plates with detailed "paintings" were not used for eating since the knives would destroy the precious painting. Instead, plates with a completely clear centre was used and to compensate the edges were adorned with elaborate, golden foliage.
|This was a decorative plate and was not used to eat from|
In 1811 it was bought by George IV and remains in the English royal collection.
|The collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II|