MEI LANFANG (1894-1961) / WU HUFAN (1894-1968)
MEI LANFANG (1894-1961) / WU HUFAN (1894-1968)
MEI LANFANG (1894-1961) / WU HUFAN (1894-1968)
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Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy from the Kwok Family Collection (Lots 1125-1138)
MEI LANFANG (1894-1961) / WU HUFAN (1894-1968)

Red Flowers / Calligraphy

MEI LANFANG (1894-1961) / WU HUFAN (1894-1968)
Red Flowers / Calligraphy
Two fan leaves, mounted and framed, ink and colour on gold paper / ink on paper
Red Flowers measures 14.3 x 43 cm. (5 5/8 x 16 7/8 in.)(2)
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated summer, wuzi year (1948)
Calligraphy measures 17.5 x 50.5 cm. (6 7/8 x 19 7/8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with one seal of the artist
Dated autumn, jichou year (1949)
Both leaves dedicated to Madam Guo Jingzhen

The recipient of the two fan leaves Madam Jingzhen, refers to Kwok Zhongyi’s wife Mrs Kwok Jingzhen.
Acquired directly from the artists by Kwok Zhongyi’s wife, thence by descent.
Further details
Kwok Zhongyi (1900-1994), also known as Xiaoqing, Zhongyi, with studio name Qin Yan Zhai (Studio of Qin and Inkstone), was a distinguished art connoisseur from Shanghai during the Republican period. He was closely associated with esteemed artists such as Wu Hufan, Xie Zhiliu, Zhang Daqian, Pu Ru, and Peking Opera performer Mei Lanfang, which helped enrich his artistic pursuits and inspiration. Kwok’s diverse interests extended beyond art, encompassing music, chess, calligraphy and painting. As a result, his home exuded an atmosphere of vibrant artistic expression.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Kwok Chun-Po (1938-2022) inherited and continued the artistic traditions and knowledge of Qin Yan Zhai. He graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and became a celebrated tenor. After relocating to Hong Kong, he actively immersed himself in the world of collecting antiques and paintings. The Kwok family’s relationship with Wu Hufan grew stronger, with Wu cherishing Kwok Chun-po as his godson. The Qin Yan Zhai collection includes exceptional Wu Hufan artworks, along with many classical paintings and seals bearing his colophons. Three works from the collection will be offered in the Fine Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy sale (Lots 874-876), and one Jadeite will be offered in Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale (Lot 3012).

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