PROPERTY FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF DR K S LO
Dr. K S Lo (1910-1995) was born in Mei County, San Xiang Village. At the age of 10 he went to Malaysia with his mother to be 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 firms real estate branch.
In 1936, on an occasion Dr. Lo was in Shanghai for business, he attended a talk entitled Soya Bean: The Cow of China which introduced the great benefits of the soya bean and its high protein content. This lecture changed his life, as 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 good health. Dr. Lo then produced the now famous Vitasoy and established 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. Los passion for business and love for his people also extended 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 1950s onwards, amassing a great collection which he donated to the Hong Kong people in 1981 and established the K. S. Lo Teaware Museum, now situated in the Hong Kong Park. In addition to his interest in Chinese ceramics and works of art, he also concentrated on collecting Chinese paintings, supporting younger artists and the different exhibitions that were held across town.
Christies presented Classical paintings and calligraphy from the former collection of Dr. K. S. Lo in Spring 2013. This season we are pleased to present another selection of works including pieces from the late Qing and early Republican periods, enabling collectors to further understand and appreciate Dr Los lifelong passion in collecting and his enthusiasm and support in art and culture.