A group of seven large stone seals

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Lot 8340
A group of seven large stone seals

Sold for US$ 8,750 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 seven large stone seals
Including one irregularly ovoid seal of olive hue incised with a crimson colored dragon; one square seal of marble or other cream colored stone; one square seal surmounted by a tortoise-like mythical beast finial; a square seal surmounted by an undercut tortoise-like mythical beast finial; a pyramidal shaped seal with a dragon in raised relief; one seal of wide and thin square section incised with stylized archaistic patterns to the exterior; and one seal of tall narrow rectangular section surmounted by an elephant finial (broken and restuck); together with copy of Chinese Seals: The Collection of Ralph Lee Na Chih-Liang, Taipei, 1966. [8]
7 3/4in (19.5cm) height of tallest
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A group of seven large stone seals
A group of seven large stone seals
A group of seven large stone seals
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