This is a very rare [one of 2 known] ice cream set with hand painted scenes of imaginary polar exploration.Created around 1870 the scenes are derived from illustrations in Jules Verne novels by Edward Riou. The unmarked dishes are believed to have been made in France and then decorated in this country. The other set like this was featured in a article about Arctic Imagery in the February 2007 issue of the magazine Antiques on page 78. That set has 7 pieces ours has 10.Size is Platter 15 1/4 by 7 1/2 Plates are 6 by 6.Overall condition is excellent with good gold trim. 3 of the small plates have very small chips to the underside rims and one has a small foot rim chip.There is no scratching or wear to the pictures. There are no markings on any of the pieces.We found this years ago in New Jersey.If you like the rare and unusual in porcelain you can not get much better than this.