Ge ware, along with Ru ware, Ding ware, Guan ware and Jun ware, is regarded as one of the 'Five Great Wares of the Song dynasty. These wares continued to be not only revered into the Ming and Qing dynasties, but also to be an inspiration.
The shape and glaze of the present dish were clearly inspired by Song dynasty prototypes, and a number of these Song foliate-form dishes, described as having a mallow-petal mouth, are in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, and illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 33 - Porcelain of the Song Dynasty (II), Hong Kong, 1996, nos. 83, 84, 85, 90, and 91. Of the illustrated dishes, no. 90 has a metal-mounted rim, but none has as dense a crackle pattern in the glaze as the present dish.