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Sale 12

The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection
of the Postage Stamps of China, 1897-1941


1897 Imperial Chinese Post
 
 
 

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Lot 201 P China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" Die proof of 30c. in red (issued colour) on thick wove smooth surfaced paper (33.5 x 36mm.), very fine.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


Provenance: "Ming", Corinphila, 26.3.87, lot 4906.
  Realized HK$46,000
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Lot 202 P China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" Die proof of 50c. in bluish green (close to issued colour) on thick wove smooth surfaced paper (26 x 30mm.), very fine.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


Provenance: "Ming", Corinphila, 29.9.88, lot 4251.
  Realized HK$29,900
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Lot 203 P China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" Proof (stamp-size) of background colour of vignette for dollar values in pale salmon on stout medium wove paper, trivial surface pitting, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000


Provenance: Ellery Denison, Christie's Robson Lowe, 23.11.88, lot 1082.
  Realized HK$12,650
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Lot 204 P China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" Proof (stamp-size) of background colour of vignette for dollar values in red-orange on stout medium wove paper, bright colour, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000


Provenance: Ellery Denison, Christie's Robson Lowe, 23.11.88, lot 1083.
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 205 P China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" Die proof of $1 deep red and pale red (issued colours) on thin wove paper (30 x 34mm.), two microscopic inclusions on reverse, very fine and an exquisite example of this rare artwork for the finished Bean Goose design.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000


PROBABLY ONLY TWO OR THREE FINISHED DIE PROOFS KNOWN FOR THE $1 WITH FULL MARGINS.
  Realized HK$86,250
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Lot 206 P China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" Die proof of $5 bright yellow-green and rose (close to issued colours) on thin wove paper (30 x 34.5mm.), very fine and a most handsome example of this extremely rare artwork for the finished Bean Goose design.
Estimate HK$ 70,000 - 90,000


Provenance: Dr. Robert C.H. Lee, J.R. Hughes, 16.11.63, lot 218.

PROBABLY ONE OF ONLY TWO SURVIVING FINISHED DIE PROOFS OF THE $5 WITH FULL MARGINS.
  Realized HK$86,250
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Lot 207 P China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" Plate proof of $5 deep green and rose imperforate from the left of the sheet on thin watermarked paper, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
  Realized HK$1,840
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Lot 208 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" ½c. (2), 1c. (2), 2c. (2), 4c. (2) and 5c. blocks of four with shades, fresh colours, fine to very fine unused with much original gum (9 blocks). Chan 92-96.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 3,500
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 209 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" 4c. bistre-brown horizontal pair, variety imperforate vertically, characteristic centring to top, fine unused with much original gum. Chan 95c.

Auction Record
George Alevizos, 9.2.79, lot 1174.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$21,850
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Lot 210 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" 10c. deep green, a spectacular block of fifty (10 x 5) from the left of the sheet with selvedge on three sides, consisting of two interpanneau panes of twenty and interpanneau half pane of ten, luxuriant colour, well centred, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, a few minor paper adherences on reverse. A rare multiple. Chan 97.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 211 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" 20c. deep maroon block of four with sheet margin at left, rich colour, one stamp has two small spots on reverse and another has faint trace of thinning, fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 98.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 212 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" 30c. rose block of four with interpane margin at right, bright colour, excellent centring, weak lower left corner perf., very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 99.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 213 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" 50c. bright yellow-green block of four with sheet margin at top and interpane margin at right, lovely fresh colour, fine to very fine unused with practically full original gum. Chan 100.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 214 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" 50c. black-green, error of colour, block of four, exemplificative colour for this error, unused with practically full original gum, lower right stamp has some gum staining in margin at right, otherwise fine to very fine. Chan 100a.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


Provenance: Paul Hock, Robson Lowe, 19.10.83, lot 300.

According to M.D. Chow, there were only 240 examples of the 50c. black-green error sold.
  Realized HK$51,750
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Lot 215 () China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" $1 deep and pale red block of eight with interpane margin at right and sheet margin at foot, excellent colours, very fine and wonderfully fresh unused without gum, a few minor perf. reinforcements where originally folded. A highly appealing multiple. Chan 101.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000


Provenance: Bernard Stoloff, Christie's Robson Lowe, 14.5.87, lot 2285.
  Realized HK$57,500
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Lot 216 () China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" $1 deep and pale red horizontal strip of three, variety imperforate vertically, pastel-like colours, horizontal perfs. misplaced as is characteristic for this variety, unused without gum, central stamp has 12mm. vertical tear at top and minor peripheral soiling on reverse, otherwise fine. A rare and striking variety. Chan 101a.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe,13.11.69, lot 2160.
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 217 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" $2 orange and yellow, deep colours, well centred for this with intact perfs., very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 102.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$20,700
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Lot 218 China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" $5 yellow-green and rose block of six (3 x 2), definitive colour and particularly well centred, fine unused with traces of original gum, a few split and reinforced perfs., a scarce and appealing multiple. Chan 103.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Provenance: Paul Hock, Robson Lowe, 19.10.83, lot 304.
  Realized HK$92,000
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Lot 219 /o China, 1897 "Imperial Chinese Post" $5 yellow-green and rose, cancelled by "Chefoo" dollar dater (16.11.97), extremely fine; also $1 unused with much original gum and used. Chan 101, 103.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000


Expertisation: The $5, signed Peter Holcombe.

Provenance: The $5, "Ming", Corinphila, 26.3.87, lot 4908.
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 220 China,Jenchuan: 1898 (25 July) printed envelope from E. Meyer & Co., Korea, to the Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China in Shanghai "per 'S.S. Vostock'" bearing 2c. deep orange with sheet margin at right and 4c. bistre-brown from the lower left corner of the sheet with selvedge on two sides, tied by "Customs/Jenchuan" c.d.s., with "Shanghai" dollar dater (27.7) and "Shanghai/Local Post" arrival c.d.s. (28.7) on reverse, the envelope has a light vertical filing fold at left, very fine and rare usage. Chan 94, 95.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000


Provenance: Group Captain C.F. Gordon, Robson Lowe, 21.4.64, lot 582
"Ming", Corinphila, 29.9.88, lot 4262.
  Realized HK$115,000
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