pair of sparrow hawks, porcelain birds of Chinese Exportware, Ch'ien Lung Period (1736-1795), mounted on bases of chased and gilded bronze, French, Louis XV Period (1710-1774).

Sparrow hawk, one of a pair, 1736–74

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Admiration of Chinese artifacts in the 1700s led to a wave of Asian-French fusion style, which soon dominated interiors throughout Europe. Chinese artisans made this pair of porcelain sparrow hawks. Their counterparts in France later fitted them with gilt-bronze bases of great sophistication. The bases’ Rococo shapes put a French spin on these exotic birds of prey and also connected them to the rest of the domestic interior in which they were placed.

Details
Title
Sparrow hawk, one of a pair
Role
Artist
Dimension
19 1/2 in. (49.53 cm)
Accession Number
77.51.1
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pair of sparrow hawks, porcelain birds of Chinese Exportware, Ch'ien Lung Period (1736-1795), mounted on bases of chased and gilded bronze, French, Louis XV Period (1710-1774).