lot # 3 - 1: China Essays and Proofs
China, Essay of Accepted Design with "Extra Circle" : Large Dragon 5ca. yellow-ochre imperforate on thin wove paper, horizontal pair [2-3] with 8mm. sheet margin at top, large even margins on the other sides, sharp highly detailed impression showing pronounced "bite" on reverse, lovely fresh pastel-like yellow colour, trivial creasing, very fine and an exquisite example of this rare essay.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000
Provenance: Godfrey Mellor, Robson Lowe (London), 15.5.1969, lot 2128
Paul Hock, Robson Lowe (Zurich), 19.10.1983, lot 12
"Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 25.3.1987, lot 4738.
Two complete sheets of twenty-five are known.
From various multiples and three marginal singles, we have been able to reconstruct twenty-four positions of another sheet, and, with different inkings, as well as the two intact complete sheets, it appears as if there were four sheets produced in this colour.
Estimate: HK$ 60,000 - 80,000