This group is based on a Meissen group first modeled in 1735 by Johann Friederich Eberlein, which, due to its popularity, was later copied at Chelsea, Derby, Bow and in China. Five pairs of Chinese versions of this rare model were amongst the cargo of The Geldermalsen, which sank in 1752; see C. Sheaf and R. Kilburn, The Hatcher Porcelain Cargoes, Oxford, 1988, pp. 152-154. A nearly identical model was in the Dr. Anton C.R. Dreesmann Collection, sold Christie's, London, 10 April 2002, lot 505.