The decoration on these dishes is based on the famous doucai 'chicken' cups made during the Chenghua period (1465-1487), which were very accurately copied during the Kangxi reign (1662-1722). See R. Scott, Imperial Taste - Chinese Ceramics from the Percival David Foundation, San Francisco, 1989, p. 73, no. 42, for the Chenghua version, and p. 75, no. 44, for the Kangxi version. The current dishes have taken the essential theme and adapted it in the famille rose or fencai palette.