A similar dwarf is in the Fitzhenry Collection, cat. no.76. A third is with the New York trade. This group of figures with distinctive facial features was previously ascribed to Mennecy. In French Porcelain, p. 22, W.B. Honey states that these figures are of undetermined date, but places them as early Mennecy examples, and before 1750.
Current scholarship points to the factory at Sceaux as their source. This faience manufactury did produce soft-paste porcelain figures in limited quantities. The flower painting on the present chinaman's robes is virtually identical with that found on mid-18th century Sceaux faience.