The restrained use of decoration in the present pieces effectively shows off the ideal beauty of the stone. The floral shape of the stands is characteristic of the artistic repertoire of the period, most commonly found on Mughal-style jades.
Compare the present set with another pair of white jade cups and quatrefoil stands from the collection of Sir Harry and Lady Judith Solomon, sold in these rooms, 24-25 March 2011, lot 1506, where they were also dated to the Qianlong period. Two other cups and cup stand sets are illustrated in Zhongguo Yuqi Quanji, Hubei, 1991, vol. 6, pp. 15 and 16, the former of white jade and the latter of spinach jade, both with Qianlong marks and carved with chilong and clouds.
For related stands see the example from the Sammy Chow Collection, illustrated by James W. Watt in the exhibition catalogue, Chinese Jades from Han to Ch'ing, Asia Society, New York, 1980, no. 146; and another from the Gerald Godfrey Collection, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 30 October 1995, lot 909.