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A Chinese Brown Stoneware Model of a Hawk, 18th Century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2012

Standing on rockwork with one talon raised, the head slightly turned to the side in alert pose and the beady eyes glazed black, the brown biscuit plumage with darker brown details; 12¼ in. (31 cm.) high - Estimate £2,000 - £3,000

Provenance: With Maitre R. Beurdeley, Paris

Note: Similar pairs of hawks were sold at Christie's New York, 24 January 2003, lot 233 and 26 January 2006, lot 170

Christie's Interiors, 4 September 2012, London, South Kensington