This subject seems to be unrecorded on Chinese export porcelain, though it has been observed on small Chinese tea pieces in Meissen style. The combination of the German-style scene with classic 1720's Chinese Imari decoration is unusual, and may reflect a relatively early date for Meissen-inspired Chinese porcelain. Port scenes showing merchants and workers were part of the Meissen porcelain painters' repertoire from as early as the mid-1720's, and continued through the 1740's. By 1745 the Meissen factory collection of European prints to use as inspiration for porcelain painting numbered more than 5,000, including subjects like animals, birds, hunting, battlefields, Watteau and Hogarth pictures, and the famous series of miners. See A.L. den Blaauwen, Meissen Porcelain in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2000, pp. 297-311. This subject may actually represent shipbuilding, and thus be directly related to the many Meissen port scenes showing merchants engaged in the lucrative shipping trade.