Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 3

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Jun 16, 2018 Asia/Hong_Kong

Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 3

Saturday Jun 16, 2018 09:30 Asia/Hong_Kong

This third of four auctions over which the magnificent Olsson Collection of Large Dragons of China is being offered includes important proofs and essays, outstanding stamps including the unique 1 candarin setting VI complete sheet of twenty and one of the four recorded 3ca. imperforate between pairs (ex Ferrary, Hind and James Starr), as well as seven covers highlighted by the earliest recorded cover bearing the stamps of Imperial China - the October 5, 1878 envelope from Peking to Shanghai with 5 candarin pair and single.

Interasia’s June 16-18 Auctions

 

Interasia’s June 16-18 auctions of China, Hong Kong and Asian stamps and postal history will take place at the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. The three-day, 2,500-lot sale includes another outstanding offering of China and Hong Kong stamps and postal history, with important Ching Dynasty and Republic, substantial postal history, Taiwan, Tibet, and a large offering of People’s Republic and Liberated Areas. Hong Kong and Treaty Ports alone comprises 500 lots, while the Other Asian Countries includes another significant North Korea offering.

 

Coming on Interasia’s tenth anniversary, the auctions feature the two iconic stamps of China and Hong Kong - the 1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar and the mint 96c. Olive-Bistre. Completing Interasia’s “trifecta” is the earliest recorded cover bearing the stamps of Imperial China - the October 5, 1878 envelope from Peking to Shanghai bearing a Large Dragon 5 candarin pair and single - anticipated to realize the highest price ever for a Chinese cover (presale estimate US$900,000-1,150,000).

 

Interasia Auctions Timetable

 

 

 

 

Lots

June 16, 2018

9:30 AM

Auction 68

Olsson Collection of the Large Dragons of China

1-36

June 16, 2018

10:15 AM

Auction 71

China: Ching Dynasty and Republic

37-820

June 17, 2018

9:30 AM

Auction 69

People’s Republic of China and Liberated Areas

1001-1490

June 17, 2018

2:00 PM

Auction 71

China: Ching Dynasty and Republic, Local Posts, Foreign PO, Provinces, Japanese Occ, Manchukuo, Taiwan, Tibet, Mongolia

2001-2658

June 18, 2018

9:30 AM

Auction 70

Hong Kong and Treaty Ports, Macau

3001-3488

June 18, 2018

2:30 PM

Auction 71

Other Asian Countries

3489-3579

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lot 1 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #1 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Essay of Accepted Design with "Extra Circle" : Large Dragon 1ca. yellow-green imperforate on thin wove paper, horizontal pair [11-12] with 8.5mm. sheet margin at left, bright clear colour, fine printing showing sharp highly detailed impression, large margins all round, light creasing as is to be expected from the very thin paper used for this essay, nevertheless very fine and fresh.
Estimate 30,000 - 40,000

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Lot 2 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #2 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Essay of Accepted Design with "Extra Circle" : Large Dragon 3ca. brown-red on thick wove paper, vertical pair [16/21] with 7mm. sheet margin at left and 11.5mm. sheet margin at foot, imperforate on thick paper, deep rich colour, near perfect impression with heavy "bite" showing on reverse as is characteristic for such a corner example and the "découpage" (make ready) utilised, trivial 3-4mm. tear in margin at left, fine to very...

Lot 3 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #3 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 1ca. green imperforate on thin gummed wove paper, Setting I, vertical pair [11/16] with 6.5mm. sheet margin at right, [16] shows plate variety "break in frame at foot", bright colour, sharp impression, large margins, very fine and fresh.
Estimate 30,000 - 40,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 4.10.1967, lot 10
Richard...

Lot 4 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #4 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 1ca. green imperforate on thin gummed wove paper, Setting I, block of four [19-20/24-25] with 7mm. sheet margin at right and 10mm. sheet margin at foot, deep bright colour, a few miniscule rust spots on reverse mainly confined to margins, very fine and an appealing block.
Estimate 100,000 - 120,000


Expertisation: signed P(eter) Holcombe.
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Lot 5 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #5 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 1ca. green imperforate on thin gummed wove paper, Setting II, single [25] with 7.5mm. at left and 10mm. sheet margin at foot, showing characteristic light offset on reverse, very fine.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000


Provenance: Paul Hock, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 19.10.1983, lot 26.

Although only a single stamp, this is definitely...

Lot 6 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #6 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 3ca. brown-red imperforate on thin wove paper, Setting III, block of four [16-8/7-5] with 8.5mm. sheet margin at right, clear bright colour, sharp highly accomplished impression, top row of stamps has two light bends/creases, very fine and a key multiple from this rare Setting.
Estimate 180,000 - 220,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe...

Lot 7 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #7 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 3ca. brown-red imperforate on thin wove paper, Setting I, complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, pale colour and "dry" printing with uneven impression particularly noticeable at lower right, inconsequential nick in outer extremity of sheet margin at top right, there are creases in the margin at foot, one of which diagonally crosses the lower left stamp, very fine...

Lot 8 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #8 - 1: China Large Dragons Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 5ca. orange-yellow imperforate on thin wove paper, Setting I, block of four [1-2/6-7] with 7mm. sheet margin at top and 7mm. sheet margin at left, delicate pastel-like colour, fairly accomplished impression showing heavily impressed horizontal frame lines from the decoupage, very fine and exceptional example of this rare proof.
Estimate 300,000 - 400,000


A...

Lot 9 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #9 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. green, Setting II, horizontal pair [20-5], right stamp shows plate variety "broken frame at top left corner", centrally cancelled by light Peking seal, one lightly toned perf. at bottom right, fine. Chan 1, c.
Estimate 6,000 - 8,000

Lot 10 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #10 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, Setting I, block of four [17-18/22-23], deep intense colour, very fine and fresh unused with practically full original gum, top left stamp has a couple of blunt perfs. and lower right stamp has gum wrinkle. Chan 2.
Estimate 25,000 - 30,000

Lot 11 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #11 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. orange, Setting I, block of four [11-12/16-17], vibrant colour, choice centring, extremely fine unused with much original gum. Chan 3.
Estimate 30,000 - 40,000

Lot 12 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #12 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. yellow-orange, Setting I, block of four [3-4/8-9], cancelled by Tientsin type 1 small seal, bright colour, well centred, very fine and fresh. Chan 3.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000

Lot 13 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #13 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. yellow-orange, Setting II, the remarkable used reconstruction, comprising :

•     Irregular block of eight [13-6/23-15-14/2-9-17] cancelled by brush strokes, toned
•     Horizontal strip of three [7-5-4] cancelled by brush strokes ([5] has vertical tear at right)
•     Horizontal strip of three [4-12-8] cancelled by Peking seal in blue
•     Horizontal strip of three [...

Lot 14 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #14 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. green, Setting III, block of six [22-17/23-10/24-19] from the top right corner of the sheet with 3mm. sheet margin at top, lovely pale green shade, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, central horizontal crease, a few light bends and lower left stamp has traces of rust on reverse. An impressive multiple. Chan 4.
Estimate 80,000 - 100,000


Provenance:...

Lot 15 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #15 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. green, Setting III, horizontal pair [3-24], clear colour, centrally cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Nov 24 82" in red, right stamp has two slightly short perfs. at top, nevertheless very fine. Chan 4.
Estimate 18,000 - 22,000


Provenance: Paul Hock, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 19.10.1983, lot 47.

Lot 16 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #16 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 3ca. brown-red, Setting VI or VII, vertical pair [10/9] with sheet margin at top, centrally cancelled by Shanghai seal, very fine. Chan 5.
Estimate 6,000 - 8,000

Lot 17 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #17 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 5ca. yellow-ochre, Setting III, vertical pair [17/21], cancelled by Shanghai seal, top stamp has a few minor creases, very fine. Chan 6.
Estimate 12,000 - 15,000


Provenance: Philip Ireland, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 25.5.1989, lot 2133.

Lot 18 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #18 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 1ca. bright green, rough perfs., Setting VI, the magnificent complete sheet of twenty with selvedge all round, bright colour, and excellent state of conservation, fine unused with much original gum, defects in selvedge at top and faint tropicalised spots on gum. A great rarity in this complete sheet format. Chan 10.
Estimate 800,000 - 1,000,000


Expertisation:...

Lot 19 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #19 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. brown-red, Setting XII, block of fifteen [9-15-13/14-17-6/10-25-24/20-11-3/23-4-8], superb colour, uneven impression particularly noticeable on [6], very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with much original gum, [23] has minor thinning in left margin. Chan 8.
Estimate 200,000 - 250,000


Provenance: Major James Starr, Sotheby's (London), 11.9.1991, lot 81....

Lot 20 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #20 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. brown-red, clean-cut perfs., Setting VIII, horizontal pair [23-24], distinct red colour, cancelled by two complete to large part complete strikes of Chefoo seal, fine to very fine appearance, small faults (right stamp has 1.5mm. tear at foot just into frame line) and light peripheral toning. Chan 8.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

Lot 21 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #21 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. vermilion, clean-cut perfs., Setting IX, horizontal pair [17-11], bright colour, centrally cancelled by complete strike of Peking seal in blue, right stamp has slight thinning, otherwise very fine and rare Setting. Chan 8b.
Estimate 6,000 - 8,000


ONLY EIGHT POSITIONS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED FROM SETTING IX.

Lot 22 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #22 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. vermilion, rough perfs., Setting XIV, vertical strip of three [23/14/24], fresh colour verging on red, cancelled by Tientsin seal in blue, light yellowing/ageing in margins, otherwise very fine. Chan 11a.
Estimate 15,000 - 20,000

Lot 23 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #23 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. vermilion [4], clean-cut perfs., variety semi-circle to right of lower left "3", pale distinctive shade, cancelled by "Customs" double-ring d.s. without year date leaving variety clear, most probably Newchwang and, therefore, from Setting XIII, fine to very fine. Chan 8c.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

Lot 24 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #24 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. brown-red, clean-cut perfs., Unknown Setting, vertical pair [26/8?], variety imperforate between, bright colour, excellent impression, cancelled by Tientsin seal in blue, small wedge shaped piece cut out of top and minor age spot in margin between stamps, fine appearance for this very rare variety. Chan 8j.
Estimate 400,000 - 500,000


Provenance: Philippe...

Lot 25 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 68 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection  of Large Dragons Sale 3

Lot #25 - 1: China Large Dragons issued stamps

China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 5ca. chrome-yellow, clean-cut perfs., Setting IV, the used reconstruction of twenty-one of the twenty-five positions of this Setting, comprising block of four [19-11/10-9], horizontal strips of three (2, with [9-2-12]) and [4-20-3]), horizontal pairs (6, with [7-19], [22-8], [16-1], [23-14], [3-13] and [13-15]), and vertical pairs (2, with [1/25] and [18/21]), cancelled by Chefoo, Peking (blue)...

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