The scene is taken from an engraving entitled Terra by Ant.Sassa after a series of paintings representing 'The Four Elements' by Francesco Albani (1578-1660) which were commissioned by Cardinal Maurice of Savoy and are now in the Turin Gallery. Plates depicting the other three Elements have a gilt scrollwork band at the border, and are not known with the blue enamel border. 'Earth' is most commonly found with the blue enamel border, as in the present lot, but very rarely can be found with the gilt scroll border, such as the example in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. See Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, where plates of each Element are illustrated on pp.318 and 319. Identical plates to the present lot are illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol.I, p.332, no.328 for the Mottahedeh example; and by Hervouët and Bruneau, ibid., p.319, fig.13.95, for the W. Martin-Hurst example.