Two Zhengde dishes of this design with marks of four and six characters in the British Museum are published in Jessica Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pls 8:23 and 24. A similar dish with a six-character mark in the Shanghai Museum is illustrated in Lu Minghua, Shanghai Bowuguan cangpin yanjiu daxi/Studies of the Shanghai Museum Collections: A Series of Monographs. Mingdai guanyao ciqi [Ming imperial porcelain], Shanghai, 2007, pl. 1-41. Another example with a six-character reign mark from the Meiyintang collection is illustrated in Regina Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, London, 1994-2010, vol. 2, no. 683 and was later sold in these rooms, 9th October 2012, lot 43. Compare also an example from the collection of the Toguri Museum of Art, Tokyo, illustrated in Fujioka Ryoichi & Hasebe Gakuji, eds, Sekai tōji zenshū/Ceramic Art of the World, vol. XIV: Min/Ming Dynasty, Tokyo, 1976, col. pl. 171, sold twice in our London rooms, and again in these rooms, 8th October 2013, lot 213.
For dishes with four-character marks, see one in the Palace Museum, Beijing, included in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red, vol. 2, Shanghai, 2000, pl. 233, together with Chenghua and Hongzhi prototypes, pls 230 and 231. A slightly larger dish with a four-character reign mark, formerly in the collections of Mr and Mrs R.H.R. Palmer, Roger Pilkington and Maureen Pilkington, was sold in these rooms, 5th April 2017, lot 4. On the Pilkington dish, the positions of the peach and pomegranate sprays are interchanged.
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