The use of decorative inlaid panels and furniture was quite popular during the Qing dynasty, especially during the periods of Yongzheng and Qianlong. Many feature hardstone, ivory or wood elements carved in the form of archaic vessels, scholar's objects and cherished antiques. See a detail of similarly inlaid doors of an imperial huanghuali kang cabinet in the Beijing Palace Museum, illustrated by Hu Desheng in Ming Qing gong ting jia ju da guan, vol. II, Beijing, 2006, pp. 554-5. This type of inlay, celebrating the treasued objects of the past, influenced artists of the 19th century, as reflected in the choice of subject matter in the current example.