The Ghent artist Van Reysschoot was requested to make a design for a wall decoration for the house of David Radermacher (1722-1803), councillor and later magistrate in Middelburg. He sent the present lot along with the letter dated 30 October (?) 1774, included in this lot. A second letter from the artist, dated 11 December 1774, points out that 'voor het schilderen van soo een stuck in wit Bas-reliëf het gonne saude moeten kosten 25 ducaten'.
Daniel Radermacher owned the country house Poppenroede, a drawing of its garden by Jan Arends was sold in these Rooms, 14 November 1988, lot 235, illustrated. Van Reysschoot's design, of which no painted decoration is known, could have been made for this house, or for Rademacher's house in Middelburg. His family are known to have owned the house 'de Grote en de Kleine Christoffel', now at the Dam 21 in Middelburg, which was constructed in its present state in 1838, replacing two 16th Century houses, to which the name of the house refers