Dishes of this small size, painted with this elegant motif of a luxuriant lotus bouquet and the well undecorated are more commonly known with Yongzheng mark and of the period, such as a dish in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, included in the Museum’s Special Exhibition of K’ang-hsi, Yung-cheng and Ch’ien-lung Porcelain Ware from the Ch’ing Dynasty in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, 1986, cat. no. 32; a pair sold twice in our New York rooms, 11th May 1978, lot 288 and 5th May 1979, lot 5; and a dish sold in these rooms, 8th November 1982, lot 156.
The lotus bouquet, with its beribboned cluster of lotus blooms, leaves and water weeds, first appeared on blue and white porcelain in the Yongle period (1403-1424) and was revived in the early Qing dynasty. A Yongle dish painted with this design, and with a flower scroll on the well, from the Meiyintang collection, illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, vol. 2, 1994, pl. 665, was sold at Christie’s London, 4th June 1973, lot 106, and in these rooms, 4th April 2012, lot 37.