The April 1 sessions begin with the Olsson Collection of Large Dragons of
China (lots 1-41). This first of four auctions over which this magnificent
collection will be sold starts off with the exquisite De La Rue handpainted
essays, the earliest designs for the first proposed postage stamp issue of
China. The issued stamps include a set of mint sheets of the 1878 thin
paper issue, while this outstanding sale concludes with seven magnificent
covers, the centerpiece being the unique British incoming envelope to
Newchwang with the handstruck "To Pay" applied in Shanghai.
This is followed by China Ching Dynasty and Republic issues (lots 42-840)
and includes the superlative set of complete sheets of the 1894 Dowager
Empress 60th Birthday Mollendorf printing, one of the finest arrays of
Dowager covers to appear at auction in recent years, and noteworthy 1897
New Currency surcharge and perforation varieties. The Red Revenues include
complete panes and reconstructions comprised of large multiples, while the
Later Issues feature the important set of 1898-1910 Chinese Imperial Post
essays and die proofs of the Waterlow printer's archives and key "Republic
of China" overprint rarities.
The April 2 sessions begin with the almost 500-lot People's Republic of
China and Liberated Areas (lots 1001-1474) representing another outstanding
offering of these popular subjects, for which Interasia has become known.
60 lots of Liberated Areas, including rare Soviet Post stamps in
outstandingly fresh examples, are followed by the large offering of PRC
issues. Multiple examples of the PRC popular sets and miniature sheets are
highlighted by no less than 21 Mei Lanfang miniature sheets. The offering
similarly includes three 1980 Year of the Monkey sheets, as well as a
substantial group of unissued rarities unused, including the 1956 "Sun
Rays", 1958 Students Congress errors, and two of the 1964 Peking Opera
The second April 2 session (lots 2001-2548) comprises Foreign Post Offices
in China, as well as China Postal Stationery and Covers. The specialised
collection of Japanese Post Offices in China, Russian Far East and the
Allied Intervention in Siberia formed by Dr. Hiroshi Yoshikawa is the
highlight of the Foreign Post Offices, while the Postal Stationery includes
an exceptional collection of the 1907 third issue green vertical format
The April 3 session (lots 3001-3708) consists of Chinese Local Posts,
Taiwan, Tibet, Mongolia, Chinese Provinces, Manchukuo, Japanese Occupation
of China, as well as Other Asian Countries, including the final part of Dr.
Taizo Maeda's Gold Medal collection of North Korea.
The April 4 session comprises the 680-lot Hong Kong and Treaty Ports stamps
and postal history (lots 4001-4682), along with early Philippines mail
franked with Hong Kong stamps. The Hong Kong stamps feature the "K.
Ashleigh" collection of Queen Victoria overprints and surcharges, replete
with outstanding varieties, Queen Victoria blocks and large multiples
including the complete pane of the 1891 Jubilee, as well as the exhibition
collections of King George VI Definitives (Part 1) and Queen Elizabeth
First Definitives formed by Nick Halewood, a leading student of these
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