These rare panels are a product of the art of bai bao qian (inlay of various materials into lacquer or hardwood) which originated during the Ming dynasty. They are similar in the style of inlay and the depiction of a rather naturalistic tree to three other inlaid lacquer panels; one of similar size inlaid with a plum tree illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum - 54 - Furniture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (II), Beijing, 2002, p. 211, no. 182; the other two of smaller size illustrated by Zhu Jiajin, Treasures of the Forbidden City, New York, 1987, pp. 226-7, no. 90. One is inlaid with a prunus tree, the other also with a prunus tree and camellia, laid into a pale blue lacquer ground. The artistry in all of these panels extends to the wood used to carve the tree trunks which was chosen because the natural texture and grain bore a resemblance to tree bark.