Few dishes of this massive size finely painted in Famille Verte colours with variations of banquet scenes are known. Compare two dishes of the same size and quality, sold at Sotheby's London, 19th June 2002, lots 127 and 128, the latter formerly in the Ionides Collection, London. Another dish belonging to this group was sold at Christie's London, 13th November 2001, lot 224.
Compare the famille verte dish of very similar size, enamelled with a less elaborate 'performance' scene, which was in the Collection of Dr. C. M. Franzero and exhibited by Messrs. Bluett & Sons Ltd., London, November 1974, catalogue no.37; interestingly the Franzero dish has ponies leaping over waves on the reverse.
The underglaze blue mark (zhi) within a double square on this dish is rare; see Gerald Davison, The Handbook of Marks on Chinese Ceramics, 1994, no.1650, p.149 and p.193, where the author suggests this is an Imperial mark. There are several variations of the mark. For examples see "
The Complete Collection of Treasures in the Palace Museum, Miscellaneous Enamelled Porcelains and Plain Tricoloured Porcelains", Shanghai, 2009, cat. nos. 219, 220 and 223.