A Mughal-style brownish-white jade cup 18th/19th century (2)

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Lot 123
A Mughal-style brownish-white jade cup
18th/19th century

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 4,900 - 7,300
The Property of a Lady 女士藏品
A Mughal-style brownish-white jade cup
18th/19th century
The shallow cup carved with a continuous low-relief band of leaves encircling the exterior of the rim, above a further band of smaller leaves at the foot, the handle formed as a curling leaf, wood stand. 14.5cm (5 7/8in) wide (2).

Footnotes

  • 十八/十九世紀 褐白玉痕都斯坦式莨苕紋瓜瓣盤

    Provenance: acquired from Louis Joseph, London on 13 May 1969
    An English private collection and thence by descent

    來源: 於1969年5月13日購自倫敦古董商Louis Joseph
    英國私人收藏,後由家族傳承

    The intricate 'half-gourd' shape of the present cup was inspired by Mughal jades from India as is demonstrated in the extensive collection of such cups from the Qing Court Collection and now in the National Palace Museum; see Teng Shu-p'ing, Exquisite Beauty: Islamic Jades, Taipei, 2007, pls.90-93 (dating to the 17th and 18th century). Mughal jades were presented to the Qing Court as tribute, and documentation for such tributes survives from the Qianlong reign period. The Qianlong emperor demonstrated his admiration for 'Hindustan' jade and composed poems which were inscribed on jade artefacts. This imperial interest prompted Indian jades to be traded through the Muslim regions and into China and indeed for jades to be carved in India as export to China and to be carved in China in the 'Hindustan' style; see ibid., p.241. The style of carving on the present cup suggests that it may have been made by Chinese craftsmen in the Muslim border regions and possibly represented at the time as originating in Mughal India; for a similarly-shaped foot, see ibid., pl.252.
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