lot # 6 - 1: China Essays and Proofs
China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 3ca. pale red imperforate on thin wove ungummed paper, Setting III, a complete sheet of twenty-five, clichés  show plate variety broken top left corner and  typical plate wear to Dragon's right claw, fresh clear colour and highly accomplished uniform impression on white paper, minor discolouration at extremities of outer corners (negligible thinning at top left corner edge) and light creasing mostly in top and bottom margins, fine to very fine and an immensely rare sheet.
Estimate HK$ 700,000 - 900,000
Provenance: Dr. Robert C.H. Lee, J.R. Hughes (San Francisco), 19.11.1963, lot 15
Giulio Mochi, David Feldman (Zurich), 24.10.1984, lot 40569
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 7.10.1997, lot C28.
ONLY TWO COMPLETE SHEETS ARE RECORDED FROM SETTING III. THE OTHER SHEET IS FROM THE MAJOR JAMES STARR COLLECTION (SOTHEBY'S, 11.9.1991, LOT 50).
This is the last time cliché 7 was used, since it became defective and had to be discarded.
Estimate: HK$ 700,000 - 900,000