Previously sold in Hong Kong, 13 November 1990, lot 124.
Similar marked dishes are illustrated in Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 14, pl. 8; in Chinese Ceramics in the Idemitsu Collection, pl. 161; in Porcelains from the Tianjin Municipal Museum, Catalogue, col. pls. 82-83; in the Kempe Collection Catalogue, no. 36; and in Chiense Ceramics in the Idemitsu Museum, pl. 161.
A Yongle period example was included in the Min Chiu Society Exhibition, 'In Pursuit of Antiquities', 1995-96, Catalogue, p. 170, no. 122; from the F. W. J. Seovil, Edward T. Chow and an Important Private Collection of Ming and Qing Ceramics, was sold in Hong Kong, 17 May 1988, lot 37.
The unusually blue tone to the glaze is believed to have been a deliberate effect to highlight the outlines of the incised decoration.