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A PAIR OF BROWN HAWKS
18th century
Modelled in mirror image with one talon raised and heads turned to the side, their beady eyes with alert expression and their brown biscuit plumage with details in black enamel
10 7/8in. (27.6cm.) high (2)

Lot Essay

See Sotheby's Monaco, 18 June 1988, lot 1594 for a pair of similar brown ducks. Writing in The Copeland Collection, p. 146, W.S. 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
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