This dish is notable for its large size and unusual design of two confronted dragons; see a slightly larger example from the collection of Dr Ip Yee, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 19th November 1984, lot 185; and another, in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, was included in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul, ed. John Ayers, London, 1986, vol. 2, cat. no. 924; and a much larger version sold at Christie’s London, 16th November 1999, lot 187. See also a similar dish in the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, acc. no. TG-959.
Compare also dishes of similar size but painted with the more typical front-facing dragon, such as one in the Idemitsu Museum, Tokyo, illustrated in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, Tokyo, 1987, pl. 705; another included An Exhibition of Blue-Decorated Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty and illustrated in Philadelphia Museum Bulletin, vol. XLIV no. 223, Autumn 1984, pl. 109; and a third sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 1st-3rd May 1994, lot 639.