This striking style was achieved by painting in underglaze blue, applying a colourless porcelain glaze and firing the piece. Following the firing, the yellow enamel was applied to the body, carefully avoiding all the areas with blue underglaze painting, the piece was then fired a second time.
The prototype for this boldly executed design dates from the Xuande period, such the example of almost the same size (25.6 cm) included in the exhibition, Xuande Imperial Porcelain Excavated at Jingdezhen, Chang Foundation, Taiwan, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 88.
A number of these acclaimed dishes have been preserved in important museums and private collections. For other Hongzhi-marked examples, see The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum -35- Blue and White Porcelain with Underglazed Red (II), Hong Kong, 2000, p. 256, no.231; J. Ayers, Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tokyo, 1980, pl.153, J. Ayers, Chinese Ceramics in the Baur Collection, vol. I, Geneva, 1999, p. 118, no. 65; S.G. Valenstein, A Handbook of Chinese Ceramics, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1989 ed., p.158, no.152.