A range of innovative shapes were introduced in the Jiajing period, and this type of square dish with flaring sides was one of these new forms.
In wucai enamels, similar dishes include one bequeathed by Harry Oppenheim, illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, Ming Ceramics in the British Museum, London, 2001, pl. 9:115, where the author compares it to another example from an unnamed private Japanese collection, illustrated by Yajima Ritsuko, Overglaze Enamel Ware in the Ming Dynasty, Japan, 1996, no. 31; one in the Umezawa Gallery, included in Mayuyama, Seventy Years, fig. 838, as well as in Sekai Toji Zenshu, vol. 11, fig. 127; and one illustrated in Ceramic Art of the World, Shogakukan Series, vol. 4, pl. 78. Two related dishes were sold at auction, the first in our London Rooms, 17 June 1985, lot 437; and the other was sold in these Rooms, 30 October 1995, lot 712 A, and again, in our New York Rooms, 16 September 1998, lot 364.
Compare also to another dish of this form, painted in underglaze-blue on a yellow-enamel ground, also bequeathed by Harry Oppenheim to the British Museum, illustrated by J. Harrison-Hall, op. cit., pl. 9:87.