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A RARE MUGHAL EMBELLISHED ROCK-CRYSTAL FLUTED CUP AND COVER
JADE AND HARDSTONE CARVINGS
A RARE MUGHAL EMBELLISHED ROCK-CRYSTAL FLUTED CUP AND COVER

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A RARE MUGHAL EMBELLISHED ROCK-CRYSTAL FLUTED CUP AND COVER
18TH CENTURY

The octafoil cup elaborately inlaid with gold-wire outlines and embellished with rose-cut diamonds, ruby, pink sapphire and emerald, to depict a floral spray on each fluted surface, the lobed cover similarly decorated with floral sprays radiating from the bud-shaped finial (rim chips repaired)
3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm.) wide, box

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This exquisitely embellished covered cup would most probably have been presented by visiting dignitaries from the Mughal court as tribute to the Qianlong Emperor. These jewel encrusted treasures were well received by Qianlong who subsequently wrote numerous poems in praise of their quality. Compare a small covered bowl and stand from this same group of gem-embellished vessels, sold in these Rooms, 3 November 1998, lot 884.
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