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Lot 138


China, 1894 Dowager Empress 1ca. to 6ca. imperforate plate proofs in colours of the 1st printing on thin native laid paper, in complete panes of twenty with sheet or interpane margins all round, the 1ca. and 5ca. each showing marginal "guide cross" on one side, superb colours and large margins, mostly probably originally mounted on archival pages with old-time hinge strips in the lower margins, the gum of which has seeped through this delicate paper, except barely so on the 5ca. and 6ca., overall fine to very fine. A rare and nigh impossible assembly to replicate.
Estimate HK$ 100,000 - 120,000

Expertisation: Peter Holcombe certificate (1995), which does not mention the gum staining, since he considered this irrelevant for such panes.

Realized HK$ 138,000

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