Dishes of this design are rare, although one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, is illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong. Qing Imperial Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 70, pl. 53; another from the Sir Percival David collection, and now in the British Museum, London, is published in Oriental Ceramics. The World's Great Collections, vol. 6, Tokyo, 1982, pl. 218; and a third example was sold in our London rooms, 5th December 1995, lot 306.
Dishes of this type were made for the Kangxi Emperor as ten thousand longevities could only be designated for the emperor and empresses of China. Wanshou, which means 'ten thousand longevities', written inside a peach represents the wish, 'May the immortal peach grant you longevity (wanshou wujiang)'.