A group of eight seals

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Lot 8338Y
A group of eight seals

Sold for US$ 10,000 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 eight seals
Including a square ivory seal surmounted by a lion finial; a degraded ceramic seal of similar shape; a pair of black soapstone seals surmounted by mythical beast finials; two horn seals; a rectangular ivory seal; and another degraded ceramic seal; together with a copy of Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. [9]

Footnotes

  • Published:
    The first: Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee, Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966, plate 22A pp. 66-67.
    The second: Ibid, plate 21A pp. 64-65
    The third and fourth: Ibid, plate 13-14 pp. 48-51.
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