The shape of this tureen is probably based on a silver original and was then copied in faience at several European factories including Strasbourg, Höchst, and Nuremburg. The Chinese export examples probably used Höchst tureens as their inspiration, and in particular models by Ignaz Hess at Höchst, which were made between 1747 and 1751; see J. G. Phillips, China-Trade Porcelain, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1956, fig. 41, p. 116 for a Höchst tureen and pl. 40 for a Chinese armorial tureen for the Danish market, both in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See also Geoffrey A. Godden, Oriental Export Market Porcelain, London, 1979, p. 134, fig. 34 for a very similar tureen.