This well-matched pair of qingbai dishes displays exquisite potting and a beautiful soft, blue-tinged glaze considered to be the ideal for these wares. Such flower forms were common in the Northern and Southern Song periods in ceramics and other mediums, including silver and lacquer. See, for example, the Song flower-form lacquer dish included in the exhibition, Dragon and Phoenix, Chinese Lacquer Ware: The Lee Family Collection, Tokyo, The Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, Germany, 1990, no. 58, where another similar lacquer dish excavated at Jianli Xian, Hubei province is noted, illustrated in Wenwu, 1982, 2.93, pl. 8, fig. 4.
A very similar eight-lobed qingbai dish in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, is illustrated by J. Wirgin, Sung-Ming, Treasures from the Holger Lauritzen Collection, Stockholm, 1965, p. 42, no. 29. A related pair of six-lobed dishes, but with carved floral decoration, is illustrated in Selected Ceramics from the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. J. M. Hu, Shanghai, 1989, no. 10. Other related qingbai flower-form dishes, but with ten and twelve lobes and flat bases, in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum, are illustrated in Qingbai Ware: Chinese Porcelain of the Song and Yuan Dynasties, London, 2002, pp. 76-9, nos. 29-32, respectively.