lot # 5 - 1: China Essays and Proofs
China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 1ca. green imperforate on thin wove ungummed paper, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five, clear bright colour and fine impression on white paper, heavy registration along top and part of left frame lines from the découpage ("make ready"), fine to very fine, inconsequential horizontal bend crosses fourth row of stamps, slight ageing mostly in margin at top and light creasing in outer extremities of top and bottom sheet margins, a magnificent intact well preserved sheet.
Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 600,000
We record the following seven imperforate complete sheets from Setting I :
— E.H. Finegan, Harmer, Rooke (London), 14.10.1937, lot 69; Adolphous Diercking, H.R. Harmer (London), 5.11.1956, lot 6
— Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (London), 22.7.1970, lot 537
— Robson Lowe (London), 9.2.1971, lot 419; George Alevizos (Santa Monica), 8-9.2.1979, lot 1008; Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Lam Man Yin, Interasia (Hong Kong), 26.2.2011, lot 10
— Giulio Mochi, David Feldman (Zurich), 26.10.1984, lot 40559; Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 7.11.1996, lot A3; Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 18.3.2016, lot 9
— Dr. Warren G. Attwood, Harmer, Rooke (New York), 7.10.1952, lot 3; Richard Canman, Stanley Gibbons (London), 19.10.1972, lot 177; Philip Ireland, Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 25.5.1989, lot 2035. This is the Olsson sheet offered above.
— Major James Starr, Sotheby's (London), 11.9.1991, lot 4
— Mizuhara Meiso, Spink (Hong Kong), 17.1.2016, lot 1566.
Estimate: HK$ 500,000 - 600,000