• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1957

    Chinese Export Art

    23 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    A VERY LARGE PAIR OF BROWN STONEWARE HAWKS

    QIANLONG PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A VERY LARGE PAIR OF BROWN STONEWARE HAWKS
    QIANLONG PERIOD
    Their bodies brown biscuit with incised feather details, black markings and white enamel dots, each bird perched on a tall green-glazed tree stump growing white prunus, his talons and beak amber with a blue detail and his beady eyes green and black
    17½ in. (44.5 cm.) high (2)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Writing in The Copeland Collection, p. 146, W.R. Sargent notes that hawks were considered symbolic of strength and boldness by the Chinese, and that falconry and hawking were fashionable sport in both China and Europe. A smaller pair of hawks in this kind of ware was sold Christie's New York, 21 January 2003, lot 233.