For a similar plaque in the Historisches Museum, Franc-fort-sur-le-Main, see Peter Wilhelm Meister and Horst Reber, La Porcelaine Europenne du XVIII<->e Sicle, p. 91, no. 88.
For similarly modelled biscuit portrait plaques of Goethe's parents, modelled by Melchior at the Frankenthal factory in 1779, see Friedrich H. Hofmann, op. cit. (1911), Taf. 148, nos. 595 and 596.
The Austro-Hungarian Order of St. Stephen was founded by Empress Maria Theresa in 1764, and was awarded for exceptional civil service. Stephen I (997-1038) introduced Christianity to Hungary, later becoming the country's patron Saint.