This unusual dish is similar to one previously in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Clark and now in the Meiyintang Collection illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, vol. 3 (I), London, 2006, pp. 251-2, no. 1272. The central flower-head motif is somewhat different on the two, but the resist-dotted amber field, resist-dotted blue on the rim, blue on the exterior and the three loop supports are very similar. In describing the Clark dish, D. Lion-Goldschmidt and Moreau-Gobard, Chinese Art: Bronzes, Jades, Sculpture, Ceramics, New York, 1966, p. 238, no. 171, refer to it as "one of the most beautiful of all known glazed dishes".
The result of Oxford thermoluminescence test no. 766b80 is consistent with the dating of this lot.