The development of this design form the early Ming Chinese original is clear, although no precise model for this survives at the Topkapi Palace. It was either therefore a combination of two models, one for the interior and another for the exterior (Regina Krahl: Chinese ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, London, 1986, nos.604 and 606 for example), or it represents a dish which was formerly in the Topkapi and was either sold or broken and disposed of. Of the group this is an early example in the development, with its very clear colouring and the very angular branch from which the grapes hang. Another very similar dish was in the Barlow Collection (Nurhan Atasoy and Julian Raby: Iznik, the Pottery of Ottoman Turkey, London, 1989, no.717). For examples of the other well known form of grape dish please see lots 50 and 60 in this sale.