The pair to this dish, also from the H. M. Knight collection, was sold in Hong Kong, 29 November 1979, lot 323; subsequently included in the 1988 Oriental Ceramic Society exhibition, Iron in the Fire, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 90; and sold again in Hong Kong, The Hall Family Collection, 2 May 2000, lot 552.
Chrysanthemum-shaped dishes appear in a complete series of twelve colours, and an identical brown-glazed dish is included in the most notable set of twelve in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi Yongzheng Qianlong, Hong Kong, 1989, p. 316, no. 145. Six are illustrated by Feng Xianming, Wenwu, 1984, p. 37, no. 10, where the author notes that a decree was issued in the eleventh year of Yongzheng (corresponding to A. D. 1733) instructing Nian Xiyao, Minister of the Imperial Household, to send 'the twelve colours of chrysanthemum dishes, one of each colour, for the inspection of the permanent guardian of the treasury and chief eunuch Samuha'. The decree further mentions 'forty pieces to be fired of every type according to the samples'.
Other similar brown-glazed dishes of this type are known, one in the Capital Museum, Beijing, illustrated by Xiong Liao, Beauty of Ceramics: Gems of the Official Kilns, Taiwan, 1993, pl. 153; one included in the Min Chiu Society exhibition, Monochrome Ceramics of Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 1977, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 95; one with a pale café-au-lait glaze in the Percival David Foundation, illustrated in the Catalogue, Section 6, no. B597; and another, previously from the K. W. Woollcombe-Boyce Collection (no. 17) and the E. G. Kostolany Collection, was sold in our London Rooms, The Lorant Goldschlager Collection, 4 June 1973, lot 210, and illustrated by A. du Boulay, Christie's Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, Oxford, 1984, p. 223, fig. 14, together with two other chrysanthemum dishes, one pink-glazed and the other pale lime-green.