This plate formed part of a service made for Miguel Alvez Sousa, owner of The Brilliante, who was based in Macao. The service, most of which is now in the Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum, was probably used on board the vessel whilst it sailed between Macao and Lisbon.
An oval dish from this service, originally in the Helena Woolworth McCann Collection, is in the Metropolitan Museum, illustrated by J. G. Phillips, China-Trade Porcelain, London, 1960, pl. 92, pp. 185 and 191, by M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, cat.144, p. 182, and by Hervouët and Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986, fig. 2.23, p. 46; a plate from the Mottahedeh Collection is illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London, 1978, vol.I, no. 227; and a further plate is illustrated by Conde de Castro e Solla, Ceramica Brazonada, vol. II, Lisbon 1930 (reprinted 1992), pl. CLXXVI. An identical plate was sold Christie's London, 13 November 2001, lot 278.