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    Sale 1958

    The Hodroff Collection, Part II Chinese Export Porcelain From The Collection Of Leo & Doris Hodroff

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 317

    A PAIR OF HAWKS

    QIANLONG PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF HAWKS
    QIANLONG PERIOD
    Each fierce bird modelled with its head turned, its feathers picked out in shades of brown, perched on one leg on a blue rocky base
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) high


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    These small hawks, known as as haidongqing, were used for goose hunting in China, and were quite popular in both the French market, where they tended to give them ormolu bases, and the English market. Lazare Duvaux records a pair in his inventory sold to Monsieur Coguinot in March of 1756, and a pair of 'brown China hawks' were sold in the Waldegrave sale in 1763. For a further discussion and an illustration of a very similar pair in the Copeland Collection see Sargent, op. cit., pp. 150-1 and 170-1, fig. 79.