A large group of twenty-one seals

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Lot 8335
A large group of twenty-one seals

Sold for US$ 6,875 inc. premium

Asian Decorative Arts

25 Jun 2013, 10:00 PDT

San Francisco

Chinese Seals from the Collection of Ralph C. Lee (1876-1963)
Chinese Seals from the Collection of Ralph C. Lee (1876-1963)

Born in Texas and educated at West Point, noted Bay Area industrialist Mr. Ralph C. Lee devoted himself passionately at various times in his life to such diverse hobbies as the study of tennis, abstract painting, and the Bible. But it was a passion for the Chinese tradition of seal carving and casting taken up in Lee's twilight years that inspired former curator of the National Palace Museum Mr. Na Chih-liang to write a book on Mr. Lee's expansive collection. Published after Mr. Lee's passing in 1966, Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph C. Lee (Taiwan, 1966) describes in detail many of the seals in the following lots.
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A large group of twenty-one seals
Including eight small metal seals, two circular seals made of clay, two small porcelain seals (one damaged), a square hardstone seal, a small hardstone seal of linked square and cylindrical shape (broken and restuck), a pair of soapstone seals, and five additional soapstone seals with various animal form finials, together with a copy of Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. [22]
3 1/4in (8.3cm) height of tallest

Footnotes

  • Published:
    One of the small metal seals Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee, Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966, plate 24D, pp 70-71.
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