A Mughal-style carved jade bowl, China, 18th century. Photo Sotheby's

of pale green tones, the walls carved with six lobes, decorated in relief with flowering lily plants and scrolling leaves above a palmette arcade, the well with a central lotus flower with enveloping petals, the base with concentric bands of lotus petals; 10cm. diam. Estimate 8,000—12,000 GBP. Lot Sold 39,650 GBP

PROVENANCE: Ec-Collection of Charles Kelekian (inv. no.632)
Sold in these rooms 15 October 1998, lot 133

NOTE: The Chinese interest in Mughal-style carving, which flourished under the Qianlong emperor (reigned 1736-96), gave rise to some exquisite interpretations of the Indian aesthetic.

Sotheby's. Arts of The Islamic World,  06 Apr 11, London www.sothebys.com