With their asymmetrical design and floral motives the present mustard pots are typical examples of the Louis XV style.
The French court style of Louis XV was greatly admired in Holland, particularly in The Hague, where the Stadholder's court and foreign embassies were based and where a large number of Huguenot craftsmen had fled after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685. The development of the French Louis XV style was followed in The Netherlands with a lapse of time. The earliest Louis XV ornaments can be found in small, but highly fashionable objects, like snuffboxes and walking stick handles, some of which date back as early as the 1730s. Typical for this style are mobility and the emphasized asymmetry, sometimes combined with a twist, suggesting an upward movement. The traditional distinctions between the border and the subject were abandoned, to suggest organic unity. Characteristic motifs are the C- and S-scrolls and the roccaille. Naturalistic motifs were occasionally applied freely.