A group of ten seals with turtle finials

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Lot 8337
A group of ten seals with turtle finials

Sold for US$ 9,375 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 ten seals with turtle finials
The largest of gray stone; one of green hardstone; one of green hardstone with russet inclusions; one of gray and russet stone; one of cream colored quartz-like material; one of porous clay-like material; one of gray hardstone; one of rectangular section of buff gray stone; one of small circular section of off-white hardstone, and one of soapstone in a coral color; together with a copy of Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. [11]
3 1/4 x 3 1/4 x 3 3/4in (8.3 x 8.3 x 9.5cm) dimensions of largest

Footnotes

  • Published:
    The first: Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee, Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. plate 40B, pp 110-111.
    The second: ibid, plate 15B, pp 52-53.
    The third: ibid, plate 33E, pp. 96-97.
    The seventh: ibid, plate 31H, pp. 92-93.
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A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
A group of ten seals with turtle finials
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