Description & Technical information

Carved nephrite jade. Mughal India, possibly Agra, c. 1700
A finely carved, small wine cup in greyish-white nephrite jade, translucent and slightly mottled, with a drop-shaped cup with marked lobes (gadroons) and a goat's head handle.
A curious aspect of this piece is its provenance, since it belonged to the collection of Elsa Schiaparelli (1890-1973), a famous italian fashion designer and rival in Paris of Coco Chanel, two of the most important fashion figures of the in between the wars period.
The presence of a piece of this origin and quality in Elsa's collection may be due to her father, Celestino Schiaparelli (1841-1919), who, while a specialist in the Islamic and Medieval Worlds, and eminent Arabist and professor of Arab language and literature at the Istituto Superiore di Studi di Firenze and at the Universitá di Roma, as well as librarian of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, would have had easy access to a Mughal object, in a period when this type of piece was not appreciated as it is today.

Date:  1700
Period:  1600-1750, 17th century
Origin:  India, Agra
Medium: Carved nephrite jade
Dimensions: 2.79 x 7.62 x 12.45 cm (1¹/₁₀ x 3 x 4⁹/₁₀ inches)
Provenance: Collection Elsa Schiaparelli
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art