The form of this dish appears in a number of media in the Yuan period, most notably in metal, porcelain and lacquer. The bracket-lobed outline was also adopted for a variety of vessels in both the Song and Yuan dynasties, as can be seen from the seven-lobed lacquer box excavated from the Southern Song tomb at Wujin, Jiangsu province in 1977-78, illustrated by Chen Jing, 'Important newly excavated Southern Song lacquers from Wujin, Jiangsu', Wenwu, 1979, No. 3, pp. 47-8, pl. 2, figs. 4 & 6. Another bracket-lobed box - this one with six lobes - was excavated from a Southern Song tomb in Fuzhou city in 1975 and illustrated in the article by the Fujian Provincial Museum, 'Brief, orderly, report of the excavation of a Southern Song tomb in the northern suburbs of Fuzhou city', Wenwu, 1977, No. 7, p. 11, pl. 3, no. 2.
The present dish is exceptionally well formed with crisp moulding. Compare a bracket-lobed lacquer dish dated to the Yuan dynasty of the same size and shape as the current dish sold at Christie's Hong Kong, 30 April 2001, lot 627; a slightly larger (21.5 cm. diam.) black lacquer dish of similar form in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, illustrated in Hai-wai Yi-chen, Chinese Art in Overseas Collections: Lacquerware, 1987, no. 42; and another slightly larger dish (20 cm. diam.) in the collection of the Freer Gallery, Washington D.C., illustrated in The Freer Gallery of Art - I, China, 1972, no. 114.