Comparable examples include a smaller lacquer dish also carved with two phoenixes, attributed to the Jiajing period, from the Qing court collection and still in Beijing, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum. Lacquer Wares of Yuan and Ming Dynasties, Shanghai, 2006, pl. 123; one rendered with six cranes In flight amongst ruyi clouds, with an incised six-character Jiajing mark and of the period, sold in our London rooms, 10th June 1986, lot 80; and another, carved with a dragon amidst waves and rockwork, sold at Bonhams Hong Kong, 27th November 2014, lot 149.
For a Song dynasty prototype of the design, see a box preserved in the Engaku-ji, Kamakura, included in the exhibition The Colors and Forms of Song and Yuan China: Featuring Lacquerwares, Ceramics, and Metalwares, Nezu Museum, Tokyo, 2004, cat. no. 92.
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