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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The tureen overall with some minor scuffs and scratches consistent with age and use, the body with engraving possibly removed from one side but not thin, though with a minor bruise, the cover with some minor rubbing and bruising where the finial sits, the liner with some minor bruises to sides along with two minor creases. 264 oz. (8,210 gr.), the tureen
The meat dishes overall with some scuffs and scratches consistent with age and use, including scratches and knife scratches to central wells. 360 oz. 4 dwt. (11,202 gr.), the meat dishes
The vegetable dishes with some minor scuffs and scratches overall consistent with age and use, all with some rubbing and minor bruises to the covers where the finials sit and some wear to the gilding on the finials, one with a bruise and small crease to border, all liners with rims night quite flat and some minor splits to rims. 262 oz. (8,148 gr.), the vegetable dishes
The circular warming stands with wear to the parcel-gilding, overall with minor nicks, scuffs, and scratches consistent with age and use, some areas of wear revealing base metal, the warming plates not quite flat and a bit tight in the stands, one stand wobbles slightly on a flat surface, possibly in relation to the worn cork pads, probably not original, found on all the feet. 37⁄8 in. (9.8 cm.) high, the circular warming stands
The domed covers overall with minor nicks, scuffs, and scratches consistent with age and use, as well as some minor rubbing and bruising where the finials rest, gilding to finials worn with one re-gilt.
The oval warming stands with wear to the parcel-gilding, overall with minor nicks, scuffs, and scratches consistent with age and use, some areas of wear revealing base metal, two warming plates tight in the stands and with some bruising to the rims. 41⁄4 in. (10.7 cm.) high, the oval warming stands
The mirror plateau with some minor scratches consistent with age and use, the mirror plate with some minor fogging, lacking two securing screws to the wooden base.