A group of nine hardstone and soapstone seals

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Lot 8336
A group of nine hardstone and soapstone seals

Sold for US$ 17,500 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 group of nine hardstone and soapstone seals
Including a yellow soapstone seal of ovoid section surmounted by a prancing horse finial (damage); a mottled gray and brown soapstone irregularly ovoid seal; a pair of yellow soapstone square section seals surmounted by Buddha's hand citron finials; a white hardstone ovoid seal surmounted by a mythical beast finial; two quadrilateral shaped seals of gray and russet soapstone; a gray soapstone seal surmounted by lion dog finial; and a small square section seal of cream and brown hardstone surmounted by a mythical beast finial; together with a copy of Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. [10]
3in (7.6cm) height of tallest (second)

Footnotes

  • Published:
    The First: Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee; Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. Plate 24B, pp. 70-71.
    The second: ibid, plate 8B, pp. 38-39.
    The third and fourth: ibid, plates 6A and 6B, pp. 34-35.
    The fifth: ibid, plate 11B, pp. 44-45.
    The sixth and Seventh: ibid, plates 9B and 9C, pp. 40-41.
    The eighth: ibid, plate 15A, pp. 52-53.
    The ninth: ibid, plate 30H, pp. 90-91.
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