The original pattern, often called 'Valentine' or 'Altar of Love' contains amatory emblems, and usually depicts a pair of birds, Cupid's quiver and bow, an altar with two flaming hearts, a pine tree and a pulled-back garlanded curtain to the right. The present example is perhaps a variant of the original pattern. The original source print of the 'Valentine' pattern is not yet known, but has been attributed to designs by Pierre Brett, who was known to have provided the original drawing for the armorial service (circa 1743) made for Commodore George Anson. A teabowl and saucer of the 'Valentine' or 'Altar of Love' pattern is illustrated in David Howard and John Ayers, China for the West, Vol. II, London, 1978, cat. no. 355. For an example of the Anson service, see David Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, Vol. I, London, 1974, p. 323, J5.