The Dutch ship Vryburg, under its Captain Jacob Ryzik, sailed between Holland and China between 1748 and 1771. Only dishes and plates of this design are known and it would appear that they were made as souvenirs of the journey to Canton in 1756 rather than as a service to be used on board. There are several variations amongst the published examples, including plates of the same design made for Christ(ian) Schooneman on the occasion of his journey to Whampoa in 1756.
Examples very similar to the present lot include a plate in the Rijksmuseum, illustrated by C. Jörg, Chinese Ceramic in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1997, no.340, p.291; another from the Mottahedeh Colllection, D. Howard and J. Ayers, China for the West, 1978, vol.I, no.219; and a plate in the Hodroff Collection, David S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, 1994, no.92, p.99. A variation on this is the dish in the Musée Guimet, Paris, with the same inscription but on which the ship is painted sailing in the opposite direction, illustrated by F. and N. Hervoüet and Y. Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, 1986, fig.2.2, and by M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, 1962, colour pl. XII, p.63.
Examples of the plates made for Schooneman, see the plate in the Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, illustrated by M. Jourdain and R. Soame Jenyns, Chinese Export Art, 1967, fig.99, and by C. Jörg, Porcelain and the Dutch China Trade, 1982, pp.146 and 147, fig. 74; and the plate in the British Museum, exhibited Ancient Chinese Trade Ceramics, Taibei, 1994, no.26, pp.68 and 69.
D. F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chinese Export Porcelain, 1974, fig.244 and p.144 appears to illustrate yet another variation: a plate in the Collection Bal, Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg, with Captain Ryzik's name but with an inscription similar to that on the Shooneman plates, indicating it was made as a souvenir for a voyage by Ryzik to Whampoa, once again in 1756. Chinese Export Porcelain, 1974, cat.244, p.144