An identical dish, possibly the pair to the present lot, is in the Palace Museum Collection in Beijing and is illustrated in Gugong Bowu Yuancang diaoqi, Wenwu Chubanshe, 1985, fig. 82 (fig. 1)
These two trays are most closely related to a third in the Tokyo Lacquer Research Institute of identical form and with identical treatment of the interior medallion, however the well and the exterior are gently incised to imitate the veins of a lotus leaf. It is illustrated in Chinese Lacquer, The Shoto Museum of Art 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Tokyo, 1991, no. 56, and again in Zhongguo qiqi quanji, vol. 5, Ming, Fujian Meishu Chubanshe, 1995, p. 41. Multiple views of the tray are illustrated by Regina Krahl and Brian Morgan, From Innovation to Conformity, Chinese Lacquer from the 13th to the 16th centuries, Bluett & Son, London, 1989, no. 18.
Compare also to the Xuande marked tray of this form in the Palace Museum collection, Beijing, decorated with a lotus bloom inscribed with a mantra in Sanskrit illustrated in Chinese Lacquer, The Shoto Museum of Art 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Tokyo, 1991, no. 40 and again in Gugong Bowu Yuancang diaoqi, Wenwu Chubanshe, 1985, fig. 83.
An oval Xuande tray with very similar confronted chilong, reserved against a lightly incised wave ground and with lingzhi shaped cloud scroll in the well is illustrated op. cit., fig. 84.