This is from a fable by La Fontaine 'The Peasant Boy Looking for his Lost Calf' after an engraving by Larmessin, copying a drawing by Vleugels. See Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p.198, fig.9.11 for a version closer to the drawing, together with a plate very similar to the present lot as fig. 9.12, in which the peasant boy hiding in the tree is omitted. A very similar plate to the present lot from the Musée Guimet and the Larmessin engraving are illustrated by M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, p.62, cats.41 and 42. A single plate from the collection of Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann was sold in these Rooms, 10 April 2002, lot 448.