The composition of the 'bird on a branch' theme in the medallion is probably an influence from Song dynasty album fan paintings, and fruiting branches appear to have been a popular choice for decorating the central medallion of large dishes. A larger related dish is illustrated in the Handbook of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, Asia Society, New York, 1970, p. 83, and again by M. Medley, 'Blue-and-White and the Qing Dynasty', T.O.C.S, London, vol. 51, 1986-7, pl. 16. Compare, also, a dish illustrated by Geng Baochang, Ming Qing Ciqi Jianding, Hong Kong, 1993, p. 45, fig. 53, and another in the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong, Beijing, 1989, pl. 11.