Only several examples in this pattern, so emblematic of the China trade, are known and were thought to be made as a special order, most likely for a specific happy homecoming. For other examples see Howard and Ayers, op. cit., vol. I, pp. 198-9, pl. 196; M. Beurdeley, op. cit., p. 182, cat. no. 141; and The Anton C.R. Dreesmann Collection, Christie's, Amsterdam, 16 April 2002, lot 1304.