A similar Yongzheng dish of the same size is illustrated by R. Kerr, Chinese Ceramics: Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1986, pl. 86. One in the Shanghai Museum of Art is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Selected Ceramics from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Hu, Hong Kong, 1989, pl. 48; and another is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Hong Kong 1973, no. 87. See, also, the dish sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30 May 2006, lot 1433.
The auspicious scene depicted on the interior invokes the traditional Chinese birthday greeting: 'May your happiness be as deep as the Eastern Sea, and may you live to be as old as the Southern Mountains.' For a discussion of this motif, see Terese Tse Bartholomew, 'Botanical Puns in Chinese Art from the Collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco', Orientations, September 1985, pp. 18-34, where a similar dish is illustrated, fig. 24.