Eberlein's work records from July 1740 state: '1 großen Eißtopf für Exc. Brühl ganz wie eine Muschel mit 2 Henkeln won Sirenen, 2 Schildern un oben with 8 Muscheln besetzt.' [An ice pot (monteith) for his Exc. Brühl much like a shell with 2 handles as Sirens, 2 devices and on top affixed with 8 shells.], referenced in Ulrich Pietsch (ed.), Schwanenservice - Meissener Porzellan für Heinrich Graf von Brühl, Leipzig, 2000, p. 170.
Similar examples are found in the Dresden Porzellansammlung (Inv. no. P.E. 1418, published by Pietsch, ibid, pp. 169-70, no. 45), and another, undecorated, (Inv. no. P.E. 3703); the Dr. Schneider Collection, Schloss Lustheim in Munich, undecorated (Inv. no. ES 1577) and the Grassimuseum in Leipzig (Inv. no. 1911.92.)
Similar examples at auction include those sold at Sotheby's, London, November 28, 1961, lots 152-153; Sotheby Parke Bernet, March 12, 1968, lot 119; Sotheby's, London, April 11, 1972, lot 193; Christie's, London, July 10, 2007, lot 147 and June 4, 2013, lots 22-23.
Sotheby’s Scientific Research department used noninvasive XRF for this lot to screen the green enamel for chromium, which was not detected.