The couple depicted on the dish is often referred to as Governor Duff and his wife, which is the name the Chinese gave Diederick Duiver (1676-1740, Governor of the Dutch East India Company from 1729-1731), as they were unable to pronounce his name correctly. The same couple has also been described as Louis XIV and Mme de Montespan or simply a Frisian couple. Both D.F. Scheurleer and M. Beurdeley are in agreement, however, that the subject is Dutch rather than French.
For a similar dish, see D.S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, 1994, London, p. 62, pl. 37; M. Beurdeley, Porcelaine de la Compagnie des Indes, Fribourg, cat. 192, p. 194; and Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain, Chine de Commande, London, fig. 203 for an example of a saucer dish in the Rijksmuseum without underglaze blue.
A similar dish was sold in our Amsterdam Rooms, 8 December 1998, lot 280.