Details
The soup tureen, vegetable dishes, and meat dishes all with shaped ribbon-tied reeded rims with leaf tips at angles, all covers with gilt finials modeled as sprays of various vegetables, warming stands all on four scroll feet and applied with shells, all engraved with script monogram JRA, comprising:

A large two-handled oval soup tureen, cover, and removable liner, mark of Odiot, and with French export marks

Two large meat dishes, mark of Odiot, and with French export marks

Two medium meat dishes, mark of Odiot, and with French export marks

Two small meat dishes, mark of Odiot, and with French export marks

Four two-handled circular vegetable dishes, covers, and removable liners, mark of Odiot, and with French export marks

Four silver-plated circular warming stands for vegetable dishes, with removable warming plates and burners, mark of Christofle

One silver-plated domed cover fitting medium meat dishes, mark of Christofle

Two smaller silver-plated domed covers fitting small meat dishes, mark of Christofle

Three silver-plated oval warming stands for medium and small meat dishes, with removable warming plates and burners, mark of Christofle;

Together with a shaped oval silver-plated mirror plateau with gadrooned rim and standing on four bracket feet, mark of Saglier Freres, Paris, Mid-19th Century

1978 in. (50.5 cm.) long, over handles, the tureen; 2114 in. (54 cm.)long, the large meat dishes; 1914 in. (49.cm) long, the medium meat dishes; 17 in. (43.2 cm.) long, the small meat dishes; 1214 in. (31 cm.) long, over handles, the vegetable dishes; 878 in. (22.5 cm.) diameter, the circular warming stands; 1734 in. (45.1 cm.) long, the larger domed cover; 1518 in. (38.3 cm.) long, the smaller domed covers; 1514 in. (38.7 cm.) long, the oval warming stands; 21 in. (53.3 cm.) long, the mirror plateau
886 oz. 4 dwt. (27, 561 gr.) weighable silver
Provenance
Dr. James Rush (1 March 1786 - 26 May 1869) and Mrs. Ann Ridgeway Rush (3 December 1799 - 23 October 1857), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Estate of Mrs. Charlton Henry, née Julia Rush Biddle; Samuel Freeman & Co., Philadelphia, October 29 1979.
The Keck Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 5 December 1991, lot 91.
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Lot Essay

The monogram found on the present lot is that of Philadelphian physician James Rush (1 March, 1786 – 26 May, 1869) and his wife Ann Ridgeway, noted Francophile. Dr. Rush was the son of Benjamin Rush and grandson of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Dr. Rush and his wife occupied a large townhouse at 1914 Chestnut Street, which they furnished with $60,000 of French furniture and at which they gave an annual ball.
This dinner service was likely ordered when the couple temporarily moved to Paris in the 1840s, where his brother, Richard, was Ambassador to France. As it bears French export marks, it was subsequently shipped to Philadelphia. The service is recorded in detail in the inventory made at Dr. Rush’s death in 1869.
A French porcelain dinner service depicting various views of Philadelphia currently in the Philadelphia Museum of Art was also commissioned in the 1840's by either Richard Rush or Ann Ridgeway Rush.

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