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Lot 158

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China, Small Dragon 3ca. imperforate plate proof in mauve on wove unwatermarked paper, block of four with 10.5-13.5mm. sheet margins at left and top, bright colour on fresh white paper, contrasting impressions between the first and second vertical rows, extremely fine, diagonal crease in top left corner of sheet clear of stamps. A great rarity.
Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 600,000


ONLY FOUR BLOCKS OF FOUR OF THE 3 CANDARINS ON UNWATERMARKED PAPER ARE RECORDED. THESE ARE BELIEVED TO BE THE LARGEST MULTIPLES. INTERESTINGLY, THERE WERE NO SUCH EXAMPLES IN THE BECKEMAN COLLECTION.

The imperforate sheets of the 3 candarins were meant to be used for the "Formosa" overprints.


 
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