The embossed plaques of this toilet service, apparently of 17th century date, are identical to those in three important Charles II toilet services all dated 1683 and by the same maker: the Calverly service at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Earl of Lichfield service (Christie's London, Novermver 22, 1978, lot 176), and the Morgan service (Christie's New York, October 26, 1982, lot 53). The rectangular plaques depicting Venus and Adonis and the Death of Adonis on the present service are identical to those set in the pair of caskets in the Morgan service, and another identical Venus and Adonis plaque is used in the Calverly service's single casket. The two circular plaques depicting Iole and Dryope match, respectively, one in the Morgan service and one in the Lichfield service.
The rectangular plaques of Venus and Adonis and the Calydonian Boar Hunt, both scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses, are identical to two plaques attributed to a follower of Gugliemo della Porta (d. 1577), illustrated in Ingrid Weber, Deutsche, Niederlandische and Franzosische Renaissanceplaketten 1500-1650, 1975, figs. 673.2 and 673.3. Weber suggests that these plaques, formerly attributed to Paulus van Vianen, were made after the works of Jacob Cornelisz Cobaert (1535-1615) of Flanders, who modelled several reliefs after della Porta, in many cases simplifying the designs. Definite attribution of these plaques is difficult because della Porta's designs were widely disseminated following the theft of the models from his estate.