The present lot is elegantly and plainly decorated to best show off the superb quality of the stone which is evenly white and flawless. The floral elements of the stand are characteristic of the artistic repertoire of the period, most commonly found on Mughal-style jades.
Closely related stands are published, one from the Sammy Chow collection, included in the exhibition, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, illustrated in the Catalogue, no. 146; and another from the Gerald Godfrey collection, sold in these Rooms, 30 October 1995, lot 909. Compare this set with two other cup and cup-stand sets illustrated in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, vol. 6, pp. 15 and 16, the former of white jade and the latter of spinach jade, both with Qianlong marks and elaborately carved with chilong and clouds.