Born in Utrecht in 1748, Nicolaas Wicert married Johanna Margrieta Geerling. As in 1777 three of their children were baptised in Oud-Loosdrecht, it can be presumed that he was working there as a painter by at least this date. He returned to the city of his birth in 1784, and died there in 1815. Much of his work as a landscape watercolourist on which his reputation is based is still extant.
The balance of the service to which the present pot originally belonged was sold at Christie's, Amsterdam, 6 November 1990, lot 186. For a similarly decorated service, see The Property of a Lady, Christie's, Amsterdam, 29 September 1990, lot 700. For comparable pieces, see Loosdrechts porselein 1774-1784, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, exhibition catalogue, 27 February - 15 May 1988, pp. 47-48, 142 - no, 28, 170 - no. 48, 196 - no. 120.