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    Sale 2026

    Important Chinese Snuff Bottles From The J&J Collection, Part V

    17 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 64

    **A RARE MUGHAL-STYLE WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE

    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1800

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    **A RARE MUGHAL-STYLE WHITE JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
    IMPERIAL, PALACE WORKSHOPS, BEIJING, 1760-1800
    Of very well-hollowed form with concave lip and recessed, concave oval foot surrounded by a footrim; carved with a continuous design of formalized Indian lotus flowers set against scrolling, leafy stems terminating in seed-pods, the shoulders with a raised, scalloped band as a border, the base with an undulating border of similar design containing a similar, formalized scrolling floral design on each main side, stained agate stopper with silver collar
    2 in. (5.6 cm.) high


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    Hindustan jades, or jades influenced by the Mughal style, became popular under the Qianlong Emperor's reign (1736-95). The skill of Indian lapidaries made a deep impression on the Qianlong Emperor during the mid-reign, elevating these fine and intricate jade pieces to equal, and sometimes even higher status than locally carved wares. At some time around 1760, a Palace workshop known as the 'Tibetan Workshop' was established to carve such wares, and the style continued into the first half of the nineteenth century. It was revived again during the Republican period. Such wares are characterized by a unique hybrid style which incorporates complex Indian design and its preference for thinness and high polish into distinctive Chinese forms.

    Another example of the delicately carved Mughal group from the Bob C. Stevens Collection is illustrated by H. Moss in Chinese Snuff Bottles, No.4, p. 35, fig. 2. A Mughal-style bottle (with openwork carving around the neck) was sold in our Hong Kong Rooms, 27 September 1989, lot 1665; another with acanthus leaf borders typical of the rococo style is illustrated by D. Low in More Treasures from the Sanctum of Enlightened Respect, no. 58; while two more comparable examples in the Victoria and Albert Museum are illustrated by H. White, Snuff Bottles from China, pl. 8, figs. 1 and 2.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Provenance

    Hugh Moss (HK) Ltd. September 1994