An amazing very early Chinese lacquer small tray dating to the 18th century with intricate inlaid mother of pearl known as Lac Burgate, a French term. This tray came from an estate of a well known local collector who had a discriminating eye, was very knowledgeable, and bought only the best. The condition of the tray is excellent which is amazing for a piece of this age. All of the hundreds of pieces of mother of pearl are in tact, especially in the very intricate design of flowers in a vase, a bowl of fruit, a stone arrangement in a bowl and the detailed background design. Very minor losses to 3 places on rim that may have been gold or silver leaf. Minor crazing on reverse, one hairline on rim. 2 fine lines on front surface which do not detract from the item. My pictures do not do justice to the fabulous detail and iridescence of the mother of pearl. One really must see this piece to appreciate the workmanship and the subtle detail in the mother of pearl designs. Just a fascinating piece. The tray measures 4 1/2" in diameter. There is a signature on the underside, probably Ch'ien Lung, or K'ang Hsi. The rim of the tray is metal. Return privilege providing item returned in sent condition in original packaging material shortly after having received it. Postage/insurance extra. New York buyer pays their local county sales tax on item and shipping charges, unless valid tax number and resale certificate provided.