Previously sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong, 29 April 1997, lot 539.
Only one other dish of this mark and design appears to have survived intact now in the collection of the National Palace Museum, Taipei, illustrated in Catalogue of the Special Exhibition of Selected Hsuan-te Imperial Porcelains of the Ming Dynasty, 1998, p. 424-5, no. 185. Whilst the composition is exactly the same, the National Palace Museum dish is slightly larger (24.6 cm. diam.) and has an everted mouth rim instead of the straight rim found on the present dish.
Compare with a dish decorated with apparently the same species of flower, arranged in the same format, excavated from the Chenghua stratum, included in the exhibition A Legacy of Chenghua, Imperial Porcelain of the Chenghua Reign Excavated from Zhushan, Jingdezhen, The Tsui Museum of Art, Hong Kong, 1993, illustrated in the Catalogue, C67. The flower of the excavated dish is catalogued as the peony. The hibiscus flower with the same pointed leaves also appears on a blue and white Chenghua jar, illustrated by R. Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, 1994, vol. 2, p. 66, no. 678.