Both subjects, as with many other Chinese export European subject plates, are presumably copied from European engravings. The source print for the plate decorated with the Europeans and hounds does not appear to have been identified. An identical plate is illustrated in François and Nicole Hervouët and Yves Bruneau, La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes, à Décor Occidental, Paris, 1986,cat. no. 3.16. Examples en grisaille are also known. The source engraving for the other plate with a peering figure, however, is known. As described, and illustrated op. cit., cat. no. 9.10, the decoration is after the engraving of 'La Servante justifíee' by Nicolas de Larmessin (1684-1753), which in turn was after a painting by Nicolas Lancret, illustrating a fable of La Fontaine, which was inspired by a fable of the Queen of Navarre.