This allegorical scene personifying the Dutch East India Company (V.O.C.) is after engravings of 1739 by J. Punt (1711-1779), which illustrates the long poem Batavia by Jan de Marre, and was published in Amsterdam in 1740; the poem pays a tribute to the Company and its Government in the East Indies (Batavia). See C.J.A. Jörg, Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 1997, p.290, fig. 338b for the Punt engraving, together with a plate in the Museum's collection. 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, illustrated by D. Howard, The Choice of the Private Trader, London, 1994, pp. 98 and 99, no.91.
Compare the similar plate from the Dr Anton C. R. Dreesmann Collection, sold Christie's Amsterdam, 16 April 2002, lot 1302.