Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

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Dec 10, 2018 Asia/Hong_Kong

Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Monday Dec 10, 2018 09:30 Asia/Hong_Kong

This concluding auction of the magnificent Olsson Collection of Large Dragons of China includes important proofs and essays, highlighted by the imperforate proof sheet of the 3 candarins from Setting III (one of two recorded), outstanding stamps including the 1885 thick paper 1ca. vertical imperforate between pair unused (one of five recorded with intact perforations), as well as six covers including the 1884 combination cover originating in the Ichang Customs and sent overseas through the U.S. Postal Agency at Shanghai.

Interasia’s December 10 -12 Auctions

 

Interasia’s December 10-12 auctions of China, Hong Kong and Asian stamps and postal history will take place at the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay in Hong Kong. The three-day, 2,300-lot sale includes another outstanding offering of China and Hong Kong stamps and postal history, with important Ching Dynasty and Republic, substantial postal history, Taiwan, Tibet, and a large offering of People’s Republic and Liberated Areas. Hong Kong and Treaty Ports alone comprise almost 400 lots, while an outstanding Macau collection is presented in an additional 140 lots.

 

The auctions feature the two iconic stamps of China and Hong Kong - the 1897 Red Revenue Small One Dollar and the mint 96c. Olive-Bistre, as well as one of the greatest PRC rarities - the 1968 unissued large format “Whole Country is Red.”

 

Interasia Auctions Timetable

 

 

 

 

Lots

December 10, 2018

9:30 AM

Auction 72

Olsson Collection of the Large Dragons of China

1-56

December 10, 2018

10:30 AM

Auction 75

China: Ching Dynasty and Republic

57-704

December 11, 2018

9:30 AM

Auction 73

People’s Republic of China and Liberated Areas

1001-1667

December 11, 2018

3:30 PM

Auction 75

China: Ching Dynasty and Republic, Local Posts, Foreign PO, Provinces, Japanese Occ, Manchukuo, Taiwan, Tibet, Mongolia

2001-2420

December 12, 2018

9:30 AM

Auction 70

Hong Kong and Treaty Ports, Macau

3001-3526

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lot 1 - 1: China Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #1 - 1: China Essays and Proofs

China, The Elephant Design (Unaccepted) : Imperforate plate proof of 5 cash black on thin native laid paper, rough perforation 12½, horizontal pair [71-72] with sheet margin at left, excellent colour and sharp impression on this delicate paper which has remarkably retained its overall freshness, well centred with intact perforations, very fine state of conservation for this rare and elusive essay.
Estimate HK$ 200,000 - 250,...

Lot 2 - 1: China Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #2 - 1: China Essays and Proofs

China, Essay of Accepted Design with "Extra Circle" : Large Dragon 3ca. brown-red imperforate on thin wove paper, horizontal pair [4-5] with 21mm. sheet margin at top and 8mm. sheet margin at right, large margins on the other two sides, slightly contrasting impressions with right stamp displaying a near perfect impression with heavy "bite" showing on reverse as is characteristic for such a corner example and the "decoupage" (make ready...

Lot 3 - 1: China Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #3 - 1: China Essays and Proofs

China, Essay of Accepted Design with "Extra Circle" : Large Dragon 5ca. yellow-ochre imperforate on thin wove paper, horizontal pair [2-3] with 8mm. sheet margin at top, large even margins on the other sides, sharp highly detailed impression showing pronounced "bite" on reverse, lovely fresh pastel-like yellow colour, trivial creasing, very fine and an exquisite example of this rare essay.
Estimate HK$ 60,000 - 80,000
...

Lot 4 - 1: China Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #4 - 1: China Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 1ca. dark green imperforate on thin wove ungummed paper, Setting II, an astounding block of four [1-12/7-21] with 7.5mm. sheet margin at left and 10mm. sheet margin at top, constant small dot of printing ink in sheet margin above cliché [12] and typical misalignment of the clichés in the second row, extraordinarily deep colour and characteristic overinked impression, on bright...

Lot 5 - 1: China Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #5 - 1: China Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 1ca. green imperforate on thin wove ungummed paper, Setting I, a complete sheet of twenty-five, clear bright colour and fine impression on white paper, heavy registration along top and part of left frame lines from the découpage ("make ready"), fine to very fine, inconsequential horizontal bend crosses fourth row of stamps, slight ageing mostly in margin at top and light creasing...

Lot 6 - 1: China Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #6 - 1: China Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 3ca. pale red imperforate on thin wove ungummed paper, Setting III, a complete sheet of twenty-five, clichés [22] show plate variety broken top left corner and [12] typical plate wear to Dragon's right claw, fresh clear colour and highly accomplished uniform impression on white paper, minor discolouration at extremities of outer corners (negligible thinning at top left corner edge...

Lot 7 - 1: China Essays and Proofs -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #7 - 1: China Essays and Proofs

China, Proofs : Large Dragon with Extra Circle removed 3ca. brown-red imperforate on thin wove ungummed paper, Setting I, horizontal pair [18-19], clear bright colour, sharp refined impression, good to large margins, very fine.
Estimate HK$ 25,000 - 30,000

Lot 8 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #8 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878-85 Large Dragon, the masterfully written-up study with hand drawn illustrations and explanations for the identification of each cliché, comprising the twenty-five clichés (identification according to the owner) of the 1878 thin paper 1ca. unused (17) and used (8), 1882 wide margins 1ca. unused (15) and used (10), and 1883-85 thick paper 1ca. unused (15) and used (10), a few of the thick paper issues are actually thin paper...

Lot 9 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #9 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878-85 Large Dragon, the masterfully written-up study with hand drawn illustrations and explanations for the identification of each cliché, comprising the twenty-six clichés (identification according to the owner) as applicable for the 1878 thin paper 3ca. unused (9) and used (17), 1882 wide margins 3ca. used (16), and 1883-85 thick paper 3ca. unused (2) and used (21), a few of the thick paper issues are misidentified, fair to...

Lot 10 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #10 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. yellow-green, 3ca. brown-red, and 5ca. orange-bistre, rough perfs., each cancelled by part "Customs/Tientsin" double-ring d.s., clearly showing "78" year dates, the last two with practically complete "Dec 2 78" and "(De)c 30 78" legible dates, mainly fine, the 5ca. has light staining on reverse which is only just visible at top on front. An appealing matched set of first year dates. Chan 1a, 2,...

Lot 11 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #11 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. cancelled by seals, excellent colours, choice centring, fine to very fine. Chan 1-3.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000

Lot 12 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #12 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 1ca. to 5ca. the 1ca. [5] with plate variety broken frame at top left corner and 5ca. have large hole perforations and are cancelled by double-ring d.s. (the 5ca. in red), the 3ca. with seal cancellation, fine. Chan 1c-3.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000

Lot 13 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #13 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, Setting I, single [5] with sheet margin at right, cancelled by part "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Dec _ 80", fine to very fine. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 1,200 - 1,500

Lot 14 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #14 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, Setting V, a complete sheet of 20 (5 x 4) without margins as usual, large hole perforations, clear shade highlighting the unevenness of the registration of the printing, on bright white paper, cliché [26] shows extraneous dot of printing ink on frameline at foot below left numeral "3", reinforced along central horizontal row of perfs., very fine and wonderfully fresh unused with...

Lot 15 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #15 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 3ca. brown-red, Setting V, horizontal pair [21-3] with sheet margin at foot, deep bright colour on fresh white paper, near perfect centring, centrally cancelled by Peking seal in blue, diagonal creasing, otherwise very fine. An immensely rare and important positional piece with complete sheet margin. Chan 2.
Estimate HK$ 20,000 - 25,000


Provenance: Anna-Lisa and Sven...

Lot 16 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #16 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. orange, deep colour, well centred, fine to very fine unused with practically full original gum, one slightly blunt perf. at foot. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 5,000 - 6,000

Lot 17 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #17 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. orange, bright colour, right frame line shows distinctive "bite" characteristic of examples which emanate from the right of the sheet, fine unused with traces of original gum which has dried into paper. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 3,000 - 4,000

Lot 18 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #18 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. orange, Setting II, horizontal strip of three [7-5-4], large hole perforations, cancelled by two strikes of Peking seal in blue, left stamp has vertical creasing, fine to very fine. Chan 3.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000

Lot 19 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #19 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1878 Large Dragon thin paper 5ca. orange, Setting II, vertical block of ten [12-8/6-19/14-20/7-21/3-25] representing the two right vertical rows of the sheet, showing characteristic printing "bite" along top and right framelines, natural paper fold at top left, good colour, well centred with perfs. intact, cancelled by Tientsin seals, some foxed perfs. and splits in right margin, nevertheless fine and a significant multiple....

Lot 20 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #20 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. green, Setting III, a stupendous block of twelve [25-18-16/8-14-3/7-12-9/1-15-20] from the lower left corner of the sheet with selvedge at foot, stellar colour on brilliant white paper, uneven inking resulting in deep green shade at left, near perfect centring within even expansive margins, very fine and fresh unused with much original gum, a few inconsequential light rust spots on reverse and...

Lot 21 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #21 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. green, Setting III, vertical pair [5/6], delicate pastel-like shade, centrally cancelled by practically complete strike of "Customs/Shanghai" double-ring d.s. of "Nov 13 82" in red, very fine appearance, a few small faults including 2mm. tear in margin at lower right. Chan 4.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000

Lot 22 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #22 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 1ca. green with sheet margin at foot, showing portions of four letters of the papermaker's watermark, cancelled by complete seal, very fine. Chan 4h.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000


Provenance: Anna-Lisa and Sven-Eric Beckeman, Sotheby's and Corinphila (Hong Kong), 15.5.1997, lot B13.

Examples showing more than two letters of the watermark are essential in...

Lot 23 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #23 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 3ca. brown-red, Setting VI or VII, vertical strip of three [18/19/6], cancelled by two practically complete strikes of the Shanghai seal, light creasing, some clipped perfs. at top as well as some blunt perfs. at sides, nevertheless a fine positional piece representing the complete row of stamps from the right of the sheet. Chan 5.
Estimate HK$ 8,000 - 10,000

Lot 24 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #24 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 3ca. brown-red and 5ca. yellow-ochre, each centrally cancelled by complete or nearly so strike of Shanghai seal, very fine appearance, minor faults. Chan 5, 6.
Estimate HK$ 6,000 - 8,000

Lot 25 - 1: China issued stamps -  Interasia Auctions Limited Sale 72 The Jane and Dan Sten Olsson Collection of Large Dragons Sale 4

Lot #25 - 1: China issued stamps

China, 1882 Large Dragon wide margin 3ca. brown-red and 5ca. yellow-ochre (2) cancelled by seals, fine to very fine appearance, two have small faults, one 5ca. is sound. Chan 5, 6.
Estimate HK$ 10,000 - 12,000

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