A group of twelve small metal seals

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Lot 8339
A group of twelve small metal 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 group of twelve small metal seals
Including one small cube incised with different inscriptions to each side; one thin rectangular seal with horse and rider finial; two of short cube section surmounted by recumbent beast form finials; one of hollow square section surmounted by a curved dome; one of rectangular section surmounted by a cylindrical handle; one of thin square section suspended by interlocking ring finial; one of thin rectangular section and bird shaped finial; one of square section and loop shaped handle; one of square section and turtle shaped finial; and two slightly larger square shaped seals with lion dog finials; together with a copy of Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. [13]
2in (5cm) height of tallest

Footnotes

  • Published:
    The first: Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee, Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. plate 29-1, pp. 80-81 (as part of a set).
    The second: ibid, plate 35 I, pp. 100-101 (described as Yuan dynasty).
    The third and fourth: ibid, plates 21B and 7A pp. 64-65 and pp. 36-37.
    The fifth: ibid, plate 32A, pp. 94-95.
    The sixth: ibid, plate 18B, pp. 58-59.
    The seventh: ibid, plate 7B, pp. 36-37.
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