This allegorical scene personifies the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) and is taken from an engraving of 1739 by J. Punt (1711-1779), which accompanied the long poem Batavia by Jan de Marre, published in 1740 as a tribute to the Company and its government in the East Indies. A similar example is illustrated by C.J.A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 1997, p. 290, pls. 338 a and b. Other plates are in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, exhibited Chinese Export Porcelain, Hong Kong, 1989-90, no.38, pp. 124 and 125; in the Nijstad Collection, The Hague, illustrated by M. Beurdeley, Porcelain of the East India Companies, London, 1962, p.190, cat.176; in the Mottahedeh Collection, illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, p.200, no.198; and in the Hodroff Collection, now in the Winterthur Museum, Delaware, illustrated by D. S. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, London, 1994, pp. 98 and 99, no. 91. An example from the Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann collection sold in our Amsterdam Rooms, 16 April 2002, lot 1302; and another was sold in these Rooms, 18 June 2002, lot 353.