The so-called Hofservice
was produced for use of the court of Maximillian III Joseph of Bavaria, Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire and Duke of Bavaria from 1745 to 1777. It was most probably painted by Joseph Zächenberger (Munich 1732-1802) who was trained in flower painting by his father and apprenticed under Joseph Ruffin in Munich until 1760 when he became chief flower painter at the Nymphenburg factory. For a discussion of this service and for further examples see Alfred Ziffer, Nymphenburger Porzellan: Sammlung Bäuml,
1997, p. 133, nos. 303-326.
A Hofservice-type dish of this size from The Alexander Schoeller collection, Berlin, was sold by Paul Cassirer & Hugo Helbing, Berlin, 28th April 1926, lot 94.