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Lot 36

E

China, 1878 Large Dragon 5ca. brownish ochre on thin wove paper, trial perforation (rough) 12½, a complete sheet of twenty-five with only a trivial portion of the lower right selvedge missing, rich deep mustard colour with a few tiny black specks in the ink which are characteristic of the lack of proper ink mixture in this colour, on brilliant white paper, the combination of its delicate constituency and the heaviness of the blanket for the "make-ready" resulting in a heavy impression as well as pronounced "bite" on reverse, creased/folded in both top and lower margins as well as across the lower row of stamps. Irrefutably the most important of all the essays for the Large Dragon stamps, and the only perforated essay extant.
Estimate HK$ 2,000,000 - 2,500,000


Provenance: Sir Robert Hart
Sir Percival David, Robson Lowe (Basel), 22.10.1970, lot 536
Giulio Mochi, David Feldman (Zurich), 24.10.1984, lot 40557
Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's & Corinphila (Hong Kong), 7.10.1997, lot C68.

Realized HK$4,140,000



 
Lot 60



China, 1885 (20 Apr.) envelope to London (2.6) via Shanghai Customs (23.4) bearing on reverse 1883 Large Dragons thick paper, clean-cut perfs., 1ca. green, Setting V, horizontal strip of three [11-19-20] and single and 5ca. lemon-yellow, cancelled by Chefoo seal in black, matching "Customs/Chefoo" double-ring d.s. alongside, the 5ca. additionally tied by "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. (23.4), in combination with France 25c. bistre on straw (creased), cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (24.4), one 1ca. [20] is crossed by filing fold and has a defective corner. A fine and exceptional franking paying the 9 candarins overseas rate. Chan 7, 9.
Estimate HK$ 450,000 - 550,000


Provenance: H.B.R. Clarke, Robson Lowe (London), 22.4.1953, lot 48
Dr. Warren G. Kauder, Robson Lowe (London), 2.5.1972, lot 62
James Huangco
Chen Sun-Sing
James B. Whang, Christie's Swire (Hong Kong), 2.11.1994, lot 1830
Wen Sun Kong, Interasia (Hong Kong), 29.6.2003, lot B8.

References: James B. Whang, A Comprehensive Illustration on Covers of the Large Dragons (Taipei, 1997), pp. 473-474. Illustrated.
Customs Dater (1875-1913). Taipei : Philatelic Writers' Club, 2008, pp. 29-30. Illustrated.

THERE ARE ONLY THREE LARGE DRAGON COVERS RECORDED FROM CHEFOO TO AN OVERSEAS DESTINATION, AND THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST OF THESE.

Realized HK$690,000



 
Lot 61



China, 1887 (9 Jan.) printed envelope to Copenhagen, Denmark (2.2) bearing on reverse 1885 Large Dragons thick paper, rough perfs., 1ca. green and 5ca. chrome-yellow, and 1885 Small Dragon rough perf. 12½ 3ca. mauve, tied by two superb strikes of "Customs/Chinkiang" double-ring d.s., showing "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring transit d.s. (10.1) and arrival c.d.s. adjacent, and on front France Peace and Commerce 25c. cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (11.1), opened out for display, extremely fine tri-colour mixed issue franking paying the 9 candarins rate to Europe through the French Post Office. An absolutely wonderful cover of the highest magnitude and exhibition calibre. Chan 10, 12, 17.
Estimate HK$ 1,000,000 - 1,200,000


Provenance: Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Interasia (Hong Kong), 26.2.2011, lot 239.

References: James B. Whang, A Comprehensive Illustration on Covers of the Large Dragons (Taipei, 1997), pp. 531-532.

LESS THAN TEN LARGE DRAGON-SMALL DRAGON MIXED ISSUE COVERS ARE KNOWN.

IRREFUTABLY ACKNOWLEDGED TO BE IN THE TOP ECHELON OF LARGE DRAGON COVERS AND AMONG THE GREATEST OF THE WORLD'S MIXED ISSUE FRANKINGS, SINCE IT BEARS THE FIRST AND SECOND ISSUES OF CHINA.

Auction Record
Christie's Robson Lowe (Zurich), 23.11.1989, lot 2027.


Realized HK$1,380,000



 
Lot 70



China, 1897 (25 Oct.) envelope to Berlin (8.12) bearing on reverse Small Dragon perf. 11½ 1ca. bright green vertical strip of three and 5ca. olive-yellow horizontal strip of three with sheet margin at left, cancelled by "H.O. of Customs/Seoul" c.d.s. in violet, "Shanghai" dollar dater transit in blue adjacent, and on front France "Chine" 50c. cancelled by "Shang-hai/Chine" c.d.s. (4.12), street address lightly erased, envelope neatly reduced at sides and one 1ca. has creasing from envelope, very fine and spectacular double rate usage from this rare Korean Customs Office. Chan 19, 21.
Estimate HK$ 350,000 - 400,000


Provenance: Dr. Warren G. Kauder, Robson Lowe, 16.10.71, lot 170
Woo Lo-Yuan.

References: Prize Selections from the Rocpex Taipei '81, p. 101. Illustrated.

ONE OF ONLY NINE SMALL DRAGONS COVERS RECORDED WITH THE "H.O. OF CUSTOMS/SEOUL" C.D.S. AND ONE OF ONLY TWO SUCH USAGES OF THE SMALL DRAGON STAMPS DURING THE IMPERIAL POST PERIOD PRESUMABLY BEFORE THE NEW I.C.P. STAMPS WERE DELIVERED TO THE KOREAN POST OFFICES.

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Lot 152



China, 1897 Small Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 9ca. bright green, variety surcharge double, position 9, exemplificative colour, well centred just to top left, fine unused with much original gum, light vertical creasing in margin at right. A splendid example of this great rarity. Chan 44f.
Estimate HK$ 300,000 - 400,000


References: Tony T.W. Kwan, "Small Figure Double Surcharge 10 Cents on Empress Dowager 9 Candarins Stamp", Asian Philatelist, Vol. 5 (Oct. 2014), pp. 29-34. Illustrated.

ONLY ONE PANE OF TWENTY WAS PRODUCED WITH THIS ERROR, AND ALL TWENTY POSITIONS HAVE NOW BEEN IDENTIFIED.

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Lot 165



China, 1897 Large Wide Surcharge on Dowager 1st printing 10c. on 12ca. brown-orange with interpane margin at left, surcharge applied toward top, deep bright colour, well centred just to top right with wide margins on the other two sides, very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with practically full original gum, light crayon numeral on reverse of no consequence. A notable example of this great rarity, and, irrefutably, among the finest examples extant. Chan 54.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


Expertisation: R.P.S. certificate (2006).

THIS IS THE ONLY MARGINAL EXAMPLE OF THE "GOLDEN DRAGON" RECORDED TO DATE. FROM DETAILED STUDY BY NEILL GRANGER (COPY OF REPORT, 28 JANUARY 2006, ACCOMPANIES THE LOT), THIS EXAMPLE APPEARS TO JOIN THAT FROM THE SIR PERCIVAL DAVID COLLECTION (ROBSON LOWE, 22.7.1970, LOT 152, ACQUIRED BY QUINTIN TAN KOK TIN, WHO THEN SOLD IT TO HIS FRIEND WILSON TE, WHO EVENTUALLY SOLD IT IN ZURICH ASIA, 18.3.2006, LOT 617) TO HAVE ORIGINALLY FORMED A HORIZONTAL PAIR. THE ABOVE ILLUSTRATION SHOWS THE TWO STAMPS SIDE-BY-SIDE TO DEMONSTRATE THIS IMPORTANT FACT.

There are less than ten unused examples which today's leading experts and specialists would unanimously accept as being the genuine "Golden Dragon". Of these, three either have a straight edge or are reperforated at foot.

The "Golden Dragon" ranks among the rarest unused stamps not only of the 1897 New Currency Dowager surcharges, but also of all China. Of the Dowager surcharges, the rarest unused stamp is the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 2c. on 2ca. green ("Emerald Lady"), of which only two examples are recorded. Next comes the "Golden Dragon", which is, in fact, far rarer in unused condition than the large figures 1.5mm setting on Dowager first printing 30c. on 24ca. ("Red Ruby"), which is only known in unused condition.

The only recorded unused multiple was the famous block of four from the Dr. Warren G. Kauder collection, which was purchased by Lyons Livingston at the Robson Lowe auction in 1971, but this was lost in an airplane crash from Bangkok to Hong Kong, in which Livingston also perished.


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Lot 273



China, 1899 (15 Nov.) I.C.P. 1c. postal stationery card registered to Paris (3.1.00) via Imperial P.O. in Shanghai (21.11) bearing Red Revenue large figures surcharge 2c. on 3c., I.C.P. ½c. pair, C.I.P. ½c. pair, 1c. horizontal pair, variety imperforate between, 2c. and 5c., cancelled by "Tientsin" bilingual c.d.s., except the C.I.P. ½c. which is cancelled by "R No. F/I 20" framed h.s. in red, in combination with Hong Kong 2c. (2) and 10c. (applied over front and back of card) with framed "I.P.O." tie-print and "Shanghai/C' c.d.s. (23.11), showing "Yokohama à Marseille" octagonal d.s. (28.11) which also ties I.C.P. ½c. pair, sent at the registered postcard rate (4c. international postage + 10c. registration). An incredible usage, especially with the C.I.P. 1c. horizontal imperforate between pair. Chan 88, 92, 104, 105d.
Estimate HK$ 600,000 - 800,000


Provenance: Jacques Desrousseaux.

THERE ARE VERY FEW REAL STAMP VARIETIES KNOWN USED ON MAIL MATTER WITH THE RED REVENUES, AND THIS REGISTERED CARD WITH THE LARGE FIGURES 2C. AND C.I.P. 1C. IMPERFORATE BETWEEN PAIR REPRESENTS ONE OF THESE SUCH EXOTIC USAGES OF STAMPS.

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Lot 347



China, 1923 surcharge in red 2c. on 3c. blue-green, variety surcharge inverted, typically centred just to lower right, fine unused with usual "dried" original gum, a few faintly foxed perfs. and trivial greyish area on reverse at lower left. A distinctive and highly desirable example of this great rarity - one of the most elusive of the "Four Treasures of the Republic". Chan 280a.
Estimate HK$ 500,000 - 600,000


Expertisation: signed Roger Calves handstamp guarantee.

Provenance: Jane and Dan Sten Olsson. The Olsson collection contained two examples of the 2c. on 3c. with surcharge inverted.
Zurich Asia (Hong Kong), 25.6.2005, lot 272
Shanghai Auction Co. (Shanghai), 16.12.2007, lot 513
Interasia (Hong Kong), 29.6.2013, lot 851.

There are probably less than twenty examples known of this variety. According to contemporary reports, thirteen of these stamps were acquired at the port of Wanhsien in July, 1924, by Dr. A. Germain, the medical officer on the French gunboat "Balny". He applied two of these stamps to separate covers which he mailed to himself locally and sold ten mint stamps to the famous French stamp dealer Theodore Champion. In our auction records, we record fourteen unused examples and two examples used on cover.


Realized HK$575,000



 
Lot 2086

E

Shanghai, 1865 essays for the proposed issue of the Large Dragons stamps of Shanghai locally produced from a hand press on thin wove paper with similar motif, and Chinese and English typeface as the issued stamps, the series of four values, comprising "Two Candareens" black (slight thinning), "Four Candareens" yellow (light horizontal crease), "Eight Candareens" green, and "Sixteen Candarins" scarlet (backed by laid paper), very fine appearance, and one of the few surviving complete sets of these rare and extraordinary essays.
Estimate HK$ 120,000 - 150,000


Expertisation: B.P.A. certificate (2019).

Realized HK$207,000



 
Lot 12



China, Taiwan Customs Post : 1892 (23 Feb.) Hong Kong 1c. postal stationery card to Rutlingen, Germany (4.4) via Hong Kong (26.2), showing "Customs/Tamsuy" double-ring origin d.s. of "Feb 23" without year date (type A2) in blue on reverse, uprated with Hong Kong 2c., cancelled by "A/Amoy" c.d.s." (24.1), written in Esperanto, fine and one of the rarest Customs daters of China.
Estimate HK$ 400,000 - 500,000


ACCORDING TO OUR RECORDS, THIS CARD REPRESENTS THE ELEVENTH KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THIS CUSTOMS DATER ON MAIL MATTER.

THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND USAGE OF A HONG KONG POSTAL STATIONERY CARD WITH THE CUSTOMS TAMSUY DATER WHICH WE KNOW OF TO DATE. THE OTHER POSTAL STATIONERY CARD (25 JANUARY 1892), WHICH WAS WRITTEN BY THE SAME PERSON, WAS SOLD IN THE INTERASIA AUCTION OF 1 NOVEMBER 2014, LOT 5.

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