The seated figure on an elevated chair may be loosely derived from a drawing of a similar figure under a canopy on sheet 2 of Höroldt's Schulz Codex, illustrated overleaf.
The present tankard is one of very few recorded examples with their original porcelain covers. All are cylindrical with domed covers and flat central roundels. A tankard of the same form as the present lot, decorated with a cartouche of the same shape (painted with a topographical scene) is illustrated by Yvonne Hackenbroch, Meissen and other Continental Porcelain, Faience and Enamel, The Irwin Untermyer Collection, London, 1956, pl. 94, fig. 142, and another similar topographical example was sold at Christie's in New York on 23 April 1998, lot 52. A third example painted with chinoiseries, formerly in the collection of Jörge Nelte, was sold in these Rooms on 12 October 1995, lot 96 and a fourth, decorated with an unusual combination of shipping scenes, insects and snails is illustrated by Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, London, 2008, p. 415, no. 171. Several tankards with chinoiserie scenes are illustrated by Ulrich Pietsch, Johann Gregorius Höroldt 1696-1775 und die Meissener Porzellan-Malerei, Exhibition Catalogue, Zwinger Porzellansammlung, Dresden, Leipzig, 1996, pp. 124-139, nos. 104-112.