The source of the 'perching parrot' decoration has been a topic of discussion. Often attributed to Cornelis Pronk, the direct evidence confirming such speculation is still lacking. However, the 'parrot' pattern can also be found on Dutch earthenware from the Makkum factory, as well as Meissen porcelain. The present examples were possibly originally part of a five-piece garniture, such as the set illustrated in William R. Sargent, Treasures of Chinese Export Ceramics from the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, 2012, p. 248, no. 123.