This early 15th-century dish follows the late 14th-century style of continuing the lobing of the sides down into the foot rim. The scrolling decoration on this dish is particularly well-balanced to complement the form of the vessel. Each bowed lobe is accentuated by a ruyi scroll, and from four of the eight ruyi scrolls, a further spiralling scroll emerges to form a symmetrical design in the centre. Such elegant balance, retaining fluid movement, is typical of the finest decorative arts of the Xuande reign.
Such dishes developed from the lobed lacquer dishes carved in this style dating to the 13th-14th century, such as the red lacquer example exhibited in Koln in 1990, Drache und Phoenix - Lackarbeiten aus China: Sammlung der Familie Lee, Tokyo, Museum fur Ostasiatische Kunst der Stadt Koln, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 8.