Lot 109. A gold-mounted carved pale grey jade powder flask, Mughal India, 17th century with 19th century additions; 7 5/8in. (19.5cm.) long. Estimate GBP 7,000 - GBP 9,000 (USD 8,995 - USD 11,565). © Christie's Images Ltd 2019.
Of curved tapering form with carved wave pattern and foliate terminal, upper suspension ring with attached chain and stopper, with later gold mounts, one in the form of a lion's head, the other a floral bud, box.
Note: For an 18th century Mughal gem-set jade powder flask, formerly in the Al-Thani Collection, which sold recently at auction, see Christie’s, New York, 19 June 2019, lot 50. Another 18th century green jade powder flask with comparable foliate decoration to our example and an earlier, circa 1700, mottled grey jade powder flask with floral decoration and a fish-head terminal sold in these Rooms, 23 October 2007, lot 311; 23 September 2005, lot 147. Two Mughal jade powder flasks are in the National Museum of Taipei, exhibition catalogue, 1983, nos. 69, 70. Another green jade example, dated to circa 1700, is published in Spink, exhibition catalogue, 9 October – 17 November, 2000, no.30, p.46.
Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets, London, 24 October 2019