This plate is one out of a numbered series of twenty-four plates illustrating various stages in the cultivation and trade in tea and possibly other exports. For an elaborate discussion about this service, cf. Le Corbeiller, China Trade Porcelain: Patters of Exchange, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1974, p. 102-103 and Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London, 1978, p. 214-215. There is also a known example of a tureen, dish and sauceboat from this service in the Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, De Chinese Porseleinkast, Amsterdam, 1968/69, Cat.274. Other examples are two dishes numbered 13 and 21 in the Metropolitan Museum, New York; number 12 in the Peabody Museum, Salem; and 15 in the Hodroff Collection.
The baroque border is clearly insprired by a European protoype and is also found on a famille rose dish bearing the arms of the Amsterdam family of Snoek (Cf. Howard and Ayers, op. cit, no. 393.) making it just conceivable that these two services were both commissioned by the Snoek family.
A similar dish to the one illustrated by Howard and Ayers, op. cit., p. 214 from the Mottahedeh Collection, was sold in our Amsterdam Rooms, 31 May 1988, lot 133.