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A CARVED MUGHAL-STYLE YELLOW JADE SNUFF BOTTLE
1770-1820
The bottle is carved on both sides with a large stylized lotus blossom and leaves emerging from a pot above a band of trefoil motifs. The sides have similar smaller blossoms and leaves, all raised on a fluted foot rim surrounding the base carved with a blossom.
2 ½ in. (6.4 cm.) high, glass stopper
Provenance
John Ault Collection, Bangkok.
Robert Kleiner, London, 2005.
Ruth and Carl Barron Collection, Belmont, Massachusetts, no. 4272.

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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. 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 Republic 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.

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