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    Sale 2611

    Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art

    27 May 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 1874

    A RARE LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL FIGURE OF A HAWK

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    A RARE LARGE CLOISONNE ENAMEL FIGURE OF A HAWK
    QIANLONG PERIOD (1736-95)

    Naturalistically modelled standing on both feet with its head turned to the left and its wings gathered, the turquoise body covered with finely detailed feathers of varying patterns
    9 in. (22.8 cm.) high


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    While cloisonn/ae models of quails, cranes, blackbirds and doves are well-known, models of hawks appear to be much rarer. Compare the detailed feathers on the present example with similar work on a pair of blackbirds in the Osterreichisches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, illustrated in Europa und die Kaiser von China, Frankfurt, 1985, p. 179, no. 100. Another cloisonn/ae model of a hawk was sold at Sotheby's London, 15 October 1968, lot 29 but no other examples appear to have been published.

    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE AMERCIAN COLLECTION