A finely carved Imperial Lapis Lazuli Hawk. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period. Photo Sotheby's

the bird with finely carved partially outstretched wings perched on a rocky ledge, his beak clenching a ribboned bi disc with head turned sharply to one side, the stone of an intense blue color with gold flecks, imperial stand; 8.6 cm., 3 3/8 in. Estimate 300,000—400,000 HKD. Lot Sold 524,000 HKD

Sotheby's. Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, 08 Apr 11, Hong Kong