lot # 19 - 1: China issued stamps
China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. orange, Setting II, vertical block of ten [12-8/6-19/14-20/7-21/3-25] representing the two right vertical rows of the sheet, showing characteristic printing "bite" along top and right framelines, natural paper fold at top left, good colour, well centred with perfs. intact, cancelled by Tientsin seals, some foxed perfs. and splits in right margin, nevertheless fine and a significant multiple. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 70,000 - 90,000
Provenance: Richard Canman, Stanley Gibbons (London), 19.10.1972, lot 218
Philip Ireland, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 25.5.1989, lot 2132.
References: James B. Whang, History of the Large Dragons. An Anthology of James B. Whang's Writings (Taipei, 1999), pp. 112-114.
THE LARGEST RECORDED MULTIPLE FOR SETTING II.
The largest recorded multiples for Setting II are a.) horizontal block of ten from the lower two rows of the sheet, ex Richard Canman, S.G. 19.10.1972, lot 219; Giulio Mochi, David Feldman, 24.10.1984, lot 40580; and Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila, 7.11.1996, lot A70; b.) the above vertical block of ten (the two right rows of the sheet).
Estimate: HK$ 70,000 - 90,000