• Fine Chinese Modern Paintings auction at Christies

    Sale 3211

    Fine Chinese Modern Paintings

    27 - 28 May 2013, Hong Kong, HKCEC Grand Hall

  • Lot 1241

    QI BAISHI (1863-1957)


    Price Realised  


    QI BAISHI (1863-1957)
    Signed, with one seal of the artist
    Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
    22 x 26 cm. (8 5/8 x 10 1/4 in.)
    20th Century

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Dr. K S Lo was born in 1910 in Mei County, San Xiang Village. At the age of 10 he went to Malaysia with his mother, where they reunited with his father, Luo Jinxing, who at the time was working at the Ren Sheng Tang Medicinal Shop. In 1934 he graduated from the University of Hong Kong and joined the company where his father worked and was soon appointed Hong Kong manager of the firm's real estate branch.

    On one occasion in 1936 Dr. Lo was in Shanghai for business, he attended a talk entitled "Soya Bean: The Cow of China," which introduced the great benefits of soya bean and their high protein content - this lecture changed his life, when he witnessed the malnutrition of the people in Hong Kong after the World War. With the thought of building an empire to "save his people", Dr. Lo sought to create a family drink that was not only affordable but also contained the necessary nutrients for health. Dr. Lo then produced the now famous "Vitasoy", establishing his company in 1940. Vitasoy quickly spread to become a household name and expanded beyond Hong Kong to become one of the most recognizable brands in Asia.

    Dr. Lo's passion for business and love for his people also extending to his passion for studying and collecting Chinese art. With a particular focus on Chinese arts and culture, he turned his interest to Yixing teapots and actively collected them from the 1950's onwards. He formed a great collection which he donated to the Hong Kong people in 1981 when he established the K. S. Lo Teaware Museum, now situated in Hong Kong Park. In addition to his interest in Chinese ceramics and works of art, he also concentrated on collecting Chinese paintings and supported younger artists and the different exhibitions that were held across town.

    Having successfully sold Dr. K S Lo's collection of Zhang Daqian and Wu Guanzhong paintings in May 2011, Christie's is proud to present a selection of Dr. Lo's paintings that reflect his collecting interests and passion for Chinese arts and culture.