A Mughal-style engraved rock crystal Vase  China, Qianlong Period
Lot 225
A Mughal carved rock crystal Vase India, 18th Century
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 42,634) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Mughal carved rock crystal Vase  India, 18th Century
Lot Details
A Mughal carved rock crystal Vase
India, 18th Century
of squat bulbous form with raised rim, with looped handle either side in the form of a leaf and pendent flower bud, decorated with band of vertical lines to base with large flowers and mulberries issuing forth either side and raised leaf either side terminating in the handle, an open multi-petalled flower to base
10.3cm. high

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Private UK Collection since the late 19th century.

    The relief-cut decoration on the flowers and leaves can be closely compared to the leaf decoration on the base of a mid-17th century Mughal jade gunpowder flask illustrated in S.C. Welch, India: Art and Culture 1300-1900, New York, 1985, pg.263, no.173.

    The use of rock crystal is evidence of the Mughal taste for rare materials, while the handles reflect the importance in Mughal art of stylised forms taken from nature. The original purpose of the bowl is not known, but some carved hardstone vessels were used as wine cups, notably Shah Jahan's celebrated and exquisite winecup in white jade in the Victoria & Albert Museum. A similar shaped bowl is in the Wallace Collection, London (W111).
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