The original print source has not yet been identified. The monkey is symbolic of sexual desire and lust in European art and this service may well have had erotic connotations to those who used it. See the coffee-cup and saucer from this rare service in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, exhibited Chinese Export Porcelain, Hong Kong, 30 November 1989 - 27 February 1990, no. 83. See also the saucer illustrated by Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, p. 136, fig. 6.64.