Hervouët and Bruneau, op.cit., p. 205, suggest that this scene either commemorates the death of a well-known figure, or illustrates a scene from a theatrical tragedy. A very similar, slightly larger, tankard with this scene was in the Mottahedeh Collection, illustrated by Howard and Ayers, China for the West, London and New York, 1978, vol. I, p.242, no. 238. The authors comment that the furniture and fireplace depicted in this scene appear to be English, Dutch or Scandinavian in style and probably date to around 1690 - 1720, indicating that the coloured print from which the scene is taken would be likely to also originate then. They suggest that the scene therefore, if English, could represent the death of Queen Mary in 1694, with King William of Orange standing beside the bed and her sister, Anne, kneeling beside them, although one may question why this event was commemorated fifty years after the event. Alternatively, it could commemorate the death of Queen Anne, in which case these tankards could conceivably have Jacobite significance, since her death was considered by some to be the end of the legitimate succession in Britain.