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Large Dragons
 
 
 

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Lot 51 P China, Proofs : 1878 Large Dragon 3ca. red-brown imperforate on thin wove ungummed paper, Setting III or IV, horizontal pair [18-13], good margins all around, fine.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000
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Lot 52 P China, Proofs : 1878 Large Dragon 1ca. yellow-green [9], 3ca. vermillion--red [26] and 5ca. chrome-yellow [22] showing broken plate variety at left from Setting VA, all imperforate on vertically laid paper, bright colours, the 1ca. with good to large margins, the 5ca. with large to ample margins, slight thinning, and the 3ca. with large margins all around but repaired. An exceptionally rare set. Ex Portugal Post Office archives.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000


There are very few examples known of these proofs on laid paper, which all come from the later printings and unknown Settings.
  Realized HK$115,000
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Lot 53 P China, Proofs : 1878 Large Dragon 3ca. vermilion-red imperforate on vertically laid paper, unknown Setting [15], bright fresh colour, good to large margins, extremely fine and rare.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Expertisation: Signed Peter Holcombe.

Provenance: Laurie Franks, Robson Lowe (Zurich), 20.10.1983, lot 855
"Ming", Corinphila (Zurich), 25.3.1987, lot 4720
Jane and Dan Sten Olsson, Interasia (Hong Kong), 1.4.2017, lot 7.

For the collector seeking one of the few perfect sets of these rare laid paper proofs which exist, the above represents an ideal replacement for the repaired 3ca. in the previous set (lot 52).
  Realized HK$48,300
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Lot 54 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. green, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, bright colour on pristine white paper, well centred, very fine unused with much original gum, some gum missing in margin at right, a few reinforced perfs. in margin at left. A brilliant sheet. Chan 1.
Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000
  Realized HK$460,000
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Lot 55 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. yellow-green, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, delicate pastel colour, well centred, fine unused with practically full original gum, a few light horizontal bends in margin at top. Chan 1.
Estimate HK$ 280,000 - 320,000
  Realized HK$368,000
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Lot 56 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. green, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, bright colour on fresh white paper, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, light creasing and small red mark in margin at foot. Chan 1.
Estimate HK$ 280,000 - 320,000
  Realized HK$345,000
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Lot 57 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, vibrant colour on brilliant white paper, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, minor rust spot in margin at top right, light diagonal creasing in outer selvedge at top right. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000
  Realized HK$632,500
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Lot 58 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. chrome-yellow, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five with selvedge all round, deep rich colour on bright white paper, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, light horizontal creasing/bends in margin at top. A splendid sheet. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 800,000 - 1,000,000
  Realized HK$1,955,000
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Lot 59 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. bright colours, well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 60 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. brilliant colours, fine to very fine and fresh unused with part to much original gum, the 1ca. has minute inclusion in margin at foot. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 9,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 61 /() China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. vivid colours, well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with original gum, except the 3ca. which is without gum, the 5ca. has a violet owner's handstamp on reverse. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$27,600
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Lot 62 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. the 1ca. large hole perfs., bright fresh colours, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the 5ca. has short perf. at top. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 63 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca., deep bright colours, fine unused with large part to much original gum, the 3ca. has blunt and toned perfs., and the 5ca. has improved perfs. at top. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$16,100
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Lot 64 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca., the 5ca. deep colour and heavy impression, fine unused with much original gum (the 1ca. disturbed), the 5ca. has light uniform gum toning. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$32,200
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Lot 65 China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca., deep colours, fine appearance unused with part to much original gum, various tones. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 66 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. bistre, cancelled by "Customs/Newchwang" double-ring d.s. without year date, Chefoo seal and Tientsin small type 1 seal respectively, fine to very fine strikes, the 5ca. has light diagonal crease. Chan 1-3b.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 67 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. bistre (rough perfs.), cancelled by Chefoo seals, the 3ca. in blue, fine strikes, the 5ca. has light corner creasing at lower left. Chan 1-3b.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 68 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca (rough perfs.), cancelled by part to large part complete strikes of "Chinkiang/Post Office" double-ring d.s., the 3ca. with "11 Mar 79" and the 5ca. with "7 Feb 79" (very early) dates, fine to very fine for these. Chan 1-3b.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
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Lot 69 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. green, fresh colour, excellent centring, cancelled by light Ichang seal and part "Customs/Hankow" double-ring d.s. of "Mar 25 87" in red, fine and unusual. Chan 1.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 70 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. green, two examples, each centrally cancelled by practically complete Ichang seal, fine. Chan 1.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$10,350
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Lot 71 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. green, contrasting shades, centrally cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of 1879 in red and black, fine appearance, both have some trimmed perfs. Chan 1.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 72 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. deep green [5], plate variety broken frame at top left corner, centrally cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Dec 31 79", pulled perfs. at bottom right, otherwise very fine and choice. Chan 1c.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000


Provenance: W.S. Kong, Interasia (Hong Kong), 15.12.2012, lot A82.
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 73 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, rough perfs., centrally cancelled by "Post Office/Chinkiang" double-ring d.s. of "11 Feb 79", stamp has a few trimmed perforations at top left corner, fine strike of this scarce cancellation and a very early date. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
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Lot 74 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, rough perfs., deep bright colour, centrally cancelled by "Post Office/Chinkiang" double-ring d.s. of "3 Mar 79", fine strike, a few small faults. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 75 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, lovely clear colour, centrally cancelled by "Customs/Chinkiang" double-ring d.s. of "Jul 11 81", fine. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 76 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, deep bright colour, centrally cancelled by boldly struck "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Nov 12 79", a few short perfs. at bottom left, extremely fine strike. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 77 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, large hole perforations, centrally cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Nov 26 79", very fine strike. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 78 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, rough perfs., centrally cancelled by practically complete "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Jan 15 80", extremely fine and outstanding strike. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$5,175
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Lot 79 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, deep colour, well centred, cancelled by nearly complete "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Oct 22 80", very fine. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 2,800 - 3,200
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 80 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, intense colour, cancelled by large part complete "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "May 18 80", very fine and appealing. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 81 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red (2) and 1882 wide margin 3ca. brown-red, cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s., the first two (1881-82) in black and the last in red, mainly fine. Chan 2, 5.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$10,925
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Lot 82 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. bistre, rough perfs., deep colour, with centrally struck nearly complete impression of "Customs/Newchwang" double-ring d.s. of "Dec 14 78", a few blunt perfs. at left, extremely fine strike of the Customs cancellation during the first year of issue of the Large Dragons. Chan 3b.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (2011).

References: Customs Dater (1875-1913), Taipei : Philatelic Writers' Club, 2008, p. 281. Illustrated.
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Lot 83 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. orange, cancelled by part strike of "I.G. o(f Customs)/Peking" double-ring d.s. of "Aug 2? 80" in blue, also with partial strike of seal cancellation at top left, very fine and scarce example of this dated canceller on stamps. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
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Lot 84 o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. yellow-orange, fresh bright colour, particularly well centred, cancelled by "Customs/Kiukiang" double-ring d.s. of "Feb 1_ 83" in red, fine to very fine. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 85 /() China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. to 5ca. unused, 1ca. and 3ca. (a couple of short perfs. at right) without gum, the 5ca. with much original gum, vertical crease in margin at left and tiny sealed split between perfs. at top, fine to very fine appearance for this scarce set, the 5ca. signed P. Holcombe. Chan 4-6.
Estimate HK$ 50,000 - 60,000
  Realized HK$74,750
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Lot 86 o China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. (2, one perfin), 3ca. (4) and 5ca., cancelled by seals, the 1ca. and 3ca. stamps mainly fine, the 5ca. has faults. Chan 4-6.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$23,000
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Lot 87 o China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 3ca. brown-red, rough perfs., cancelled by "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring d.s. of "Nov 11 84" in black, with corresponding Peking seal in blue, a few foxed perfs., otherwise fine, the datestamp in black is particularly elusive. Chan 5.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,325
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Lot 88 o China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 3ca. brown-red, cancelled by "(Cu)stoms/(T)aku" type 1 double-ring d.s. of January 1883, and 1885 thick paper, rough perfs., 3ca. vermillion-red, cancelled by large part "Customs/Taku" type 2 double-ring d.s. of "15 Nov 85" in violet, fine to very fine strikes, a few small faults. A marvelous duo with the two types of cancellations in different colours. Chan 5, 11.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 89 o China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 5ca. yellow-ochre, the 25 clichés arranged by the owner according to Setting III, fine to very fine appearance, the usual faults/small repairs which are endemic to these stamps due to the delicate nature of the paper; of excellent visual appeal and a remarkable philatelic achievement which would take years to replicate (25). Chan 6, a, b.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000
  Realized HK$103,500
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Lot 90 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 1ca. bright green, clean-cut perfs., cancelled by Newchwang seal, very fine part strike. Chan 7.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000


Provenance: James B. Whang, Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 3.11.1994, lot 1721
W.S. Kong, Interasia (Hong Kong), 29.6.2013, lot B54.
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 91 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. brown-red, clean-cut perfs., centrally cancelled by "Customs/Canton" double-ring d.s. of "Sep 22 85", extremely fine and choice, a very rare cancellation on the Large Dragons. Chan 8.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000


References: Customs Dater (1875-1913), Taipei : Philatelic Writers' Club, 2008, p. 277. Illustrated.
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 92 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. vermilion, clean-cut perfs., cancelled by "Customs/Newchwang" double-ring d.s. of "Oct 26" without year date, fine example of this distinctive shade unique to Setting XIII. Chan 8.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,680
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Lot 93 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. pale vermilion-red [24], rough perfs., from a later Setting, excellent impression, particularly well centred, cancelled by "Customs/Chinkiang" double-ring d.s., fine to very fine. Chan 11.
Estimate HK$ 2,000 - 2,500
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 94 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 3ca. pale-red [18], rough perfs., plate variety broken top left corner, cancelled by two part to large part complete strikes of "Amoy Customs/Mail/Matter" oval h.s. in red, central thin spot, otherwise very fine. Chan 11a.
Estimate HK$ 2,200 - 2,600
  Realized HK$4,025
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Lot 95 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 5ca. chrome-yellow, clean-cut perfs., centrally cancelled by "Customs/Newchwang" double-ring d.s. of "Jul 27" without year date, fine. Chan 9.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 96 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 5ca. chrome-yellow, clean-cut perfs., vibrant colour, centrally cancelled by bold strike of Chefoo seal, very fine. Chan 9.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$3,450
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Lot 97 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 5ca. chrome-yellow, clean-cut perfs., cancelled by "I.G. of Customs/Peking" double-ring d.s. of "Jun 6 84" in blue, fine appearance despite slight discolouration. Chan 9.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 98 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 5ca. lemon-yellow, clean-cut perfs., Setting IV, horizontal pair [3-13], centrally cancelled by complete strike of Chefoo seal, left stamp has gum toning on reverse, very fine strike. Chan 9.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000


Provenance: Major James Starr, Sotheby's (London), 11.9.1991, lot 165.
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 99 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon thick paper 5ca. chrome-yellow, clean-cut perfs., Setting VI, horizontal strip of three [10-18-5], bright fresh colour and near perfect centring on white paper, the bright colour of the stamp further highlighted by part strikes of Chefoo seal in blue, very fine and a splendid multiple. Chan 9.
Estimate HK$ 7,500 - 9,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 100 /o China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca (3, one unused but regummed) and 5ca. (5, one unused, a few light tones on gum), mainly fine, some small faults. Chan 1, 3.
Estimate HK$ 9,000 - 12,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 101 China, 1878-83 Large Dragon 1ca. to 5ca., unused with small part to much original gum, fine appearance, the 5ca. slightly toned. Chan 2, 3, 7.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$40,250
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Lot 102 o China, 1883-85 Large Dragon 1ca. to 5ca., cancelled by seals in blue or black, mainly fine, the 1ca. shows broken foot of "I" in China but has light tones on reverse. Chan 7, 11, 12.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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