The present dish is from one of the most elaborately decorated services produced at Worcester. Sumptuously painted with fruit and scattered insects within moulded borders enriched in turquoise and gilt and designed for William Henry, Duke of Gloucester (1743-1805), all known pieces are marked with a large gilt crescent, a mark found only on a few richly decorated services produced in the 1770's including examples decorated in the Brocade and Bishop Sumner patterns.
The service passed to the Dukes of Cambridge and, in 1904, Christie's sold over seventy pieces for the family along with a similarly decorated Chelsea service dating to circa 1762. A dish of similar form and size to the present example is in The Bowles Collection housed in the Palace of the Legion of Honor of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Simon Spero, The Bowles Collection of 18th-Century English and French Porcelain, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 1995, no. 98). A tureen stand is retained in the Klepser Collection (Simon Spero, Worcester Porcelain, The Klepser Collection, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1984, no. 64). Another circular dish belonging to a lady of title, uncharacteristically painted with only red currants, was sold Christie's London, 9 July 2001, lot 19.