lot # 2 - 1: China Essays and Proofs
China, Essay of Accepted Design with "Extra Circle" : Large Dragon 3ca. brown-red imperforate on thin wove paper, horizontal pair [4-5] with 21mm. sheet margin at top and 8mm. sheet margin at right, large margins on the other two sides, slightly contrasting impressions with right stamp displaying a near perfect impression with heavy "bite" showing on reverse as is characteristic for such a corner example and the "decoupage" (make ready) utilised, faint toning on reverse barely discernable from front, light vertical crease crossing left stamp and diagonal bend in margin at top right corner well clear of stamp, very fine and a rare essay on thin paper.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
The largest recorded multiples are blocks of four, of which three have survived, in addition to three pairs.
Using multiples and two marginal singles, we have reconstructed twenty-three of the twenty-five positions on the sheet. It appears that there were only two sheets of this essay printed on thin paper.
Estimate: HK$ 40,000 - 50,000