Extremely rare 18th c. Chinese foliate russet lacquer plate. A deeply-carved phoenix centered among peonies, clouds and rocks on a key-fret ground (introduced to lacquer objects in the Ming Dynasty). The beautifully conceived design is surrounded by a graceful scroll and flower border. On a period, custom stand (repair to stand). Similar pieces from this period often bore a metal inset on the reverse with the Qianlong mark (removed from this example). A related plate, dated 1781, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (see Derek Clifford, "Chinese Carved Lacquer", London, 1992, Plate 96). In very good overall condition with some wear from age. Plate on stand measures 10". Plate is 7.75" in diameter.
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