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1894 Dowager Empress 60th Birthday
 
 
 

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Lot 71 E China, 1894 Dowager Empress contemporary bromide photo (77 x 111mm.) of de Villard's essays for the 5ca. and 10ca. on the presentation sheets, everything reduced proportionally to the stamp-size of the two values, showing his notes and annotations on the designs and possible amendments. On the original presentation sheets, there are blank boxes annotated "Photo (Correct size)/1" x 0"9/For scale vide folio 6", so it may be assumed that these bromides of the stamps were intended to be cut out and inserted in the boxes as part of the submitted artwork, thereby representing an integral part of the essay and proof process in choosing the designs. The bromide has a few creases, one of which crosses the 5ca.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 72 P China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1ca. to 24ca. imperforate plate proofs in colours of the 1st printing on thin native laid paper, bright fresh colours, good to large margins, the 1ca., 5ca. and 9ca. are marginal, the 9ca. has a few trivial age spots in the sheet margin at foot. A brilliant and exceptional set.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
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Lot 73 P China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1ca. reddish orange imperforate plate proof in colour of the 1st printing on thin native laid paper, very good appearance, margins to barely clear at top right and lower right corners.
Estimate HK$ 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 74 P China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1ca. reddish orange imperforate plate proof in colour of the 1st printing on thin native laid paper, block of four from the top right corner of the sheet, tear in top margin extends 4mm. into the design of the top right stamp, otherwise very fine.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 75 P China, 1894 Dowager Empress 4ca. rose-pink imperforate plate proof in colour of the 1st printing on thin native laid paper, block of nine (3 x 3) with sheet margin at foot, clear fresh colour, mostly good to ample margins, top left stamp has small hole and two stamps in lower row either touched or cut into at lower corners. An attractive block.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 76 P China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1ca. to 24ca. imperforate plate proofs of the 3rd printing in colours of the 2nd printing on hard wove paper, the 1ca. to 6ca. in marginal or corner (3ca.) pairs, and two examples each of the 9ca. to 24ca. in different shades, particularly noticeable for the 9ca. which has both the dark green and distinctive emerald shades, one 12ca. has two minute red specks in margin on reverse, very fine and fresh assembly showing the two definitive differing shades of the three top values.
Estimate HK$ 40,000 - 50,000
  Realized HK$55,200
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Lot 77 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., brilliant colours, the high values have outstanding centring, very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with much original gum, a few (including 9ca. have paper hinge remainders). Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
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Lot 78 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., lustrous colours, well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with large part to much original gum, the 12ca. has paper hinge remainder. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
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Lot 79 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., bright colours, well centred, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the 12ca. has trivial natural yellow spot on gum at top right corner. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$9,200
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Lot 80 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., deep bright colours, well centred, fine unused with part to much original gum, hinge remainders or adherences on reverse, a few low values have small faults. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 81 /() China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., fine and fresh unused with much original gum (4ca. and 5ca. without gum), the 3ca., 6ca. and 9ca. have a few foxed perfs. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,625
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Lot 82 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., deep colours, well centred, fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the 2ca. is thinned and the 5ca. stained. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
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Lot 83 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., bright colours, mostly well centred, fine and fresh unused with part original gum, a few negligible faults. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 7,000 - 9,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 84 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the 9ca. has a tiny thin spot at top. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 85 /() China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., bright fresh colours, excellent centring, fine unused with part to much original gum (the 24ca. without gum), the 12ca. has blunt perfs. at right. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 86 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., deep colours, well centred, mainly fine unused with part original gum, paper adherences or hinge remainders, the 9ca. has light uniform toning. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 87 /() China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., good colours, mainly fine unused with large part to much original gum (the 4ca. without gum), the 9ca. has light uniform toning and adherences, and the 24ca. gum creasing, a few lower values have light tones on gum. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$7,475
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Lot 88 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., a marvelous set in blocks of four, luxuriant colours, well centred, very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with much original gum, one 1ca. has tiny hinge thinning, the 4ca. and 12ca. blocks creased along one central row of perfs. between stamps, one 9ca. has small inclusion, an absolutely fabulous set in multiples. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 75,000 - 90,000
  Realized HK$92,000
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Lot 89 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. reddish orange, vertical pair, variety imperforate between, bright colour, centred to right, fine appearance unused with much original gum, small plastic mounting remnant in margin at top. Chan 22a.
Estimate HK$ 30,000 - 40,000
  Realized HK$34,500
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Lot 90 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 5ca. dull orange block of four from the right of the sheet, "blind" unpunched perforations in margin at right, fine and fresh unused with disturbed gum. Chan 26.
Estimate HK$ 2,500 - 3,000
  Realized HK$8,050
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Lot 91 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 9ca. deep green, vertical tête-bêche pair, from Pane 1, nice colour, centred within large margins, fine appearance unused with much original gum, the lower stamp (inverted cliché) has central surface scuffing. Chan 28g.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 92 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 9ca. bright green, horizontal tête-bêche pair with interpane margins at left and foot, from Pane 2, fine and fresh unused with practically full original gum, insignificant gum crease at lower left. Chan 28j.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000
  Realized HK$13,800
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Lot 93 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 9ca. dull green, block of six (3 x 2) from the right of the sheet, imperforate vertically and in sheet margin, fine unused with much original gum (a little browned), light creasing in places. A rare and appealing large multiple with this variety. Chan 28var. Spec. CP7Ao.
Estimate HK$ 80,000 - 100,000


References: Shiu-Hon Chan, The Empress Dowager Birthday Commemorative Issues and Surcharges (Hong Kong, 1996), p. 58. Illustrated.

Provenance and Auction Record
Treasure Hunters (Hong Kong), 16.9.1989, lot 325
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 12.11.1998, lot B40
M.F. Huang, Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 21.6.2003, lot 124.
  Unsold
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Lot 94 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 9ca. deep green, variety watermark omitted, excellent colour, just centred to lower left, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, hinge remainder. Chan 28q.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
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Lot 95 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 9ca. bright green, complete pane of twenty-five, Pane 3, position 5 is the retouched Chinese "Nine" (type B) and position 21 is the inverted cliché (tête-bêche), excellent colour, well centred for this, fine appearance unused with much original gum (a small patch missing at far left), some tone spots on gum just showing through to front, overall fine and an appealing pane in an excellent state of conservation. Chan 28, g, j, n.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000
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Lot 96 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 24ca. rose-carmine, vertical pair, variety imperforate between, deep colour, well centred, fine unused with large part to much original gum, hinge remainders, from which faintest traces of soiling show through to front. A lovely example of this rare and evocative variety. Chan 30a.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000


Provenance: Michael Newbury, Robert A. Siegel (New York), 6.2.1962, lot 229
Josiah K. Lilly, Robert A. Siegel (New York), 5.12.1968, lot 450.

ACCORDING TO OUR RECORDS, THERE ARE FOURTEEN UNUSED EXAMPLES AND FOUR USED EXAMPLES OF THIS VARIETY.
  Realized HK$287,500
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Lot 97 o China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 2ca., 3ca., and 6ca. to 24ca., all with interesting Customs dater cancellations, including Shanghai of "Nov 21 1894" (3), Kiukiang in red, Chinkiang, and Newchwang, fine to very fine strikes. Chan 23, 24, 27-30.
Estimate HK$ 3,500 - 4,000
  Realized HK$4,830
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Lot 98 o China, Pakua : 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 24ca. rose-carmine, selected examples (4) with pakua cancellations of Chefoo, Peking, Newchwang (small faults), and Shanghai in blue or black, fine to very fine nearly complete central strikes. Chan 30.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 99 o China, Chinkiang : 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., cancelled by "Customs/Chinkiang" double-ring d.s. fine small to large part strikes, the 6ca. and 12ca. have faults. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 4,000 - 5,000
  Realized HK$4,600
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Lot 100 o China, Hankow : 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., cancelled by "Customs/Hankow" double-ring d.s., fine mostly large part strikes, the 6ca. has trimmed perfs. at top. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$6,900
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Lot 101 o China, Newchwang : 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., cancelled by Newchwang seals (except the 5ca.), very good to fine strikes, some faults and varying degrees of toning. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 102 o China, Shanghai : 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 1ca. to 24ca., each centrally cancelled by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Nov 19 94" in blue, fine to very fine strikes, a few have tones and the 4c. on 4ca. is oxidised, a rare set with these day of issue cancellations. Chan 22-30.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
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Lot 103 China, Taku : 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 2ca. green and 1888 Small Dragon perf. 11½-12 1ca. on piece, cancelled by complete strike of "I.M. Customs/Taku" oval d.s. (1.4.96) in blue, fine to very fine mixed issue franking. Chan 19, 23.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500
  Realized HK$5,750
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Lot 104 o China, Wuhu : 1894 Dowager Empress 1st printing 3ca. orange-yellow, cancelled by "Customs/Wuhu" double-ring d.s. of "31 Dec 1896" in red, fine and a late usage. Chan 24.
Estimate HK$ 1,000 - 1,200
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Lot 105 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 2nd printing 1ca. to 24ca., deep bright colours, the 12ca. in a particularly intense shade which shows offset of orange colour on reverse from another sheet but has slight toning in right margin, well centred for these, fine appearance unused with large part to much original gum, except the 24ca. which is centred to top and has traces of black offset on reverse from album page. A highly desirable set of this scarce printing. Chan 22S-30S.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000
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Lot 106 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 2nd printing 9ca. yellow-green with sheet margin at top, pastel-like colour, well centred, fine unmounted mint (mounted in margin only), light age spots at top mainly confined to sheet margin. A nice example of this scarce stamp. Signed "AD"(iena) in pencil. Chan 28S.
Estimate HK$ 18,000 - 22,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David
Mizuhara Meiso, Spink (Hong Kong), 17.1.2016, lot 1709.
  Realized HK$21,850
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Lot 107 China, 1894 Dowager Empress 2nd printing 1ca. to 24ca., marginal or corner blocks of four, excellent sustained second printing colours with the 12ca. and 24ca. in strikingly deep distinctive shades, fine to very fine unused with much original gum, the 2ca. is on uniformly toned paper, the 4ca. shows oxidised corner value tablets on reverse, and the 12ca. has some negligible age spots in margin at foot, the blocks have varying degrees of characteristic brownish streaky gum which gives the appearance of some tropicalisation on the 24ca.; however, the colours have retained their original sheen and lustre since the times of both the David and Beckeman auctions. One of the most important complete assemblies from the Second printing. Of the highest exhibition calibre. Chan 22S-30S.
Estimate HK$ 250,000 - 300,000


Provenance: Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (Basel), 20.3.1975, lots 1028-1033
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 13.5.1999, lot C30.

ONE OF THE FEW COMPLETE SETS OF BLOCKS OF FOUR WHICH HAVE SURVIVED AS SETS.

This was described in the 1999 Beckeman auction as "generally in very fine condition for this difficult issue, with gum."
  Realized HK$368,000
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Lot 108 China, 1897 Dowager Empress Mollendorf printing 1ca. to 24ca., deep bright colours, mostly well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the 24ca. has horizontal crease near lower frameline at foot. Chan 22M-30M.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$18,400
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Lot 109 China, 1897 Dowager Empress Mollendorf printing 1ca. to 24ca., strong colours, mostly well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, the 12ca. has a few pulled perfs. at foot and the 24ca. has the faintest trace of a horizontal crease merely mentioned for accuracy. Chan 22M-30M.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
  Realized HK$19,550
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Lot 110 China, 1897 Dowager Empress Mollendorf printing 1ca. to 24ca., good colours, mostly well centred, fine to very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, hinge remainders and a few insignificant black adherences on reverse, the 12ca. has slight surface scuffs at top. Chan 22M-30M.
Estimate HK$ 12,000 - 15,000
  Realized HK$17,250
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Lot 111 China, 1897 Dowager Empress Mollendorf printing : A choice selection (11) with multiples, comprising 1ca. pair, 3ca., 4ca., 5ca. (3, with a pair), and 6ca. (4, with strip of three), fine to very fine and fresh mint, the 3ca. has a light horizontal crease and the 4ca. has microscopic transparent grease spot in margin at right (11). Chan 22M, 24M-27M.
Estimate HK$ 15,000 - 20,000
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