This dish is accompanied by a paper box label with an inscription by Xu Hanqing that may be read: Tang Ying zhi ci pan (porcelain dish made for Tang Ying) Qing Kangxi min ci (prestigious porcelain from the Kangxi period) Yudong cang (Yudong's collection). Also included is a treatise about Tang Ying written by Xu Hanqing.
Yudong was the courtesy name of Tang Dai (1673-1754), who was a Manchu bannerman and a renowned court painter.
Tang Ying (1682-1756) was a cultivated scholar and the influential superintendant of the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. In 1723, after the ascension to the throne of the Yongzheng Emperor, Tang Ying was made Vice-Director of the Imperial Household Department, and was appointed to the Jingdezhen factory in 1726 as an assistant to Nian Xiyao (d. 1738). In 1728 he took on the supervision of the imperial kiln complex. For a further discussion of Tang Ying see Peter Y.K. Lam, 'Tang Ying (1682-1756): The Imperial Factory Superintendant at Jingdezhen', T.O.C.S., vol. 63, 1998-9, pp. 65-82.
A somewhat smaller dish (26.6 cm.) of this type, with similar turquoise-enamelled reticulated sides below a key-fret border and a central scene of figures in a landscape painted in underglaze blue, with gilt highlights, dated to the Qianlong period, is illustrated in Kangxi. Yongzheng. Qianlong: Qing Porcelain from the Palace Museum Collection, Hong Kong, 1989, pl. 81.