This service was made for Jacob Pelgrans (Pelgrom), a Director of the Dutch East India Company who went to Batavia in 1688 as a merchant, from where he went to Bengal in 1696 as a supercargo and head of the Kasimbazar factory. In 1701 he was appointed Director-General of Bengal. He returned to Batavia in 1707 where he died in 1713.
A dish with these arms of the same size as the present lot is illustrated by Christiaan J. A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, London, 1997, p.301, no.352. Another dish, larger, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, illustrated by C. Le Corbeiller, China Trade Porcelain: Patterns of Exchange, New York, 1974, p.25, no.8, together with a second service for this family with slight variation of design in the form of shell-like motifs replacing the lotus-heads as fig.11. A yet larger dish from this service was in the Mottahedeh Collection, illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol. I, p.82, no.39 and and smaller dish in the Hodroff Collection is illustrated by D. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, London, 1994, p.45, no.12. A plate from the second service, with shells, is in the Groninger Museum, illustrated by C.J.A. Jörg, Oosterse keramiek uit Groninger kollekties, Groningen, 1982, p.63, no.93.