D.F.L. Scheuerleer illustrates a saucer dish with this decoration, identifying the ship as the De Walvisvangst (Chinese Export Porcelain, pl. 356). Beurdeley illustrates a bowl (Chinese Trade Porcelain, p. 95), noting that "fishermen from Zaan in North Holland (were) whalers of that period", and quoting a 1700 letter of the French minister Pontchartrain to the French ambassador in China, in which he asks after rumors he had heard of whales being found in Japanese waters with Dutch faience harpoons stuck in them.
A teabowl and saucer of this decoration were in the Garbisch collection, sold Sotheby's, Pokety Farms, Maryland, 22-23 May 1980. Another was in the Dreesman collection, sold Christie's Amsterdam, 16 April 2002, lot 1314.