lot # 20 - 1: China issued stamps
China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. green, Setting III, a stupendous block of twelve [25-18-16/8-14-3/7-12-9/1-15-20] from the lower left corner of the sheet with selvedge at foot, stellar colour on brilliant white paper, uneven inking resulting in deep green shade at left, near perfect centring within even expansive margins, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, a few inconsequential light rust spots on reverse and some reinforced perfs. A significant multiple, being the third largest recorded. A gem for the connoisseur. Chan 4.
Estimate HK$ 150,000 - 200,000
Provenance: Godfrey Mellor, Robson Lowe (London), 15.5.1969, lot 2146
Richard Canman, Stanley Gibbons (London), 19.10.1972, lot 94
Philip Ireland, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 25.5.1989, lot 2101.
Estimate: HK$ 150,000 - 200,000