The shape and enamel decoration is reminiscent of lacquer work. The poetic inscription by the emperor himself (dated to 1774) bears testimony to the emperor's admiration and praise for the lacquer craftsmen of the period. The present lot belongs to a select group of chrysanthemum-shaped wares commissioned by the Qianlong emperor himself on 27 September 1734. 480 'chrysanthemum' dishes with slight variations are recorded by Tang Ying, the supervisor of the imperial kilns during Qianlong's reign. Compare a single dish in the Baur Collection (A647), illustrated by Michel Beurdeley and Guy Raindre, Qing Porcelain, London, 1987, no.225, p.161. Also see a bowl of related shape with coral-red glaze in the Percival David Collection (A533), 'Illustrated Catalogue of Ming and Qing Monochrome Wares', Percival David Foundation, revised ed., 1989, section 6, col.pl.D, p.34.