Lin Fengmian (1900-1991)<br>Flying Geese
Lot 639
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Flying Geese
Sold for HK$ 600,000 (US$ 77,375) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991)<br>Flying Geese Lin Fengmian (1900-1991)<br>Flying Geese
Lot Details
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991)
Flying Geese
Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll
71cm x 68cm (28in x 26¾in).


  • Provenance: Mary and George Bloch, purchased directly from the artist in Hong Kong in the late 1970s

    George Bloch (12 October 1920 to 27 April 2009) was born into a prominent industrial family in Vienna and educated in England. In 1938 he decided to move to Shanghai. It was on the streets of Shanghai during the war-years that George acquired his business skills and laid the foundations for his wealth. Uprooting yet again, he moved to Tokyo in 1949. It was in Tokyo that he established Herald International Ltd. George moved the company to Hong Kong in 1955. Today, the company is called Herald Holdings Ltd and is publicly listed and quoted on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It manufactures and distributes toys, timepieces, houseware, and computer components and currently has nine of its own factories in China.

    In 1969, George married Mary and they began to actively collect art together, expanding George's early interest in collecting stamps to encompass a wider, far more sophisticated range of art. George was a born collector, but with his partnership with Mary his interests broadened considerably. Early acquisitions of Chinese and some Japanese art, included lacquer and ivory carvings, ceramics, glass and other works of art soon led to a life-time love for modern Western paintings and sculpture. Together they also formed the greatest private collection of Chinese snuff bottles.

    Their collection of twentieth-century Western paintings was among the first formed in Hong Kong, and came to be seen as the most important in the region. At the time you could see more Picassos hanging on the walls of their apartment in Villa Monte Rosa than there were in the rest of Hong Kong put together. From this interest sprang a range of activities which took them to museums and auctions around the world, and saw Mary appointed to the Peggy Guggenheim Advisory Board in Venice.

    Their interest in twentieth-century Chinese painting was ignited by a chance meeting with Lin Fengmian at a dinner party at the Frech consulate in the late 1970s. Lin had come to Hong Kong without funds, and had brought a selection of paintings with him to sell. The Blochs bought their first four paintings directly from the artist at the dinner party, following up with four additional carefully selected purchases.

    George passed away in April 2009.

    林風眠 秋鶩 設色紙本 立軸

    滕王閣序 王勃



    莊智博(George Bloch, 一九二○年十月十二日~二○○九年四月二十七日)出生於維也納工業世家,曾負笈英倫。莊智在一九三八年決定移居上海。在抗戰期間的上海街頭,莊智練就了一身生意人的本領,為將來的大業打下了基礎。一九四九年再度搬遷,移居日本東京。他在日本創立了興利國際有限公司(Herald International Ltd)。一九五五年,莊智將公司遷至香港。如今該公司已擴展至玩具業、鐘錶業、家用品及電腦零件等不同領域,並在中國擁有九家工廠。該公司已在香港股市掛牌上市,今名為興利集團有限公司(Herald Holdings Ltd)。


    莊智與瑪麗可算是香港第一個也是最重要的,收藏二十世紀歐美繪畫的家族。當時全香港所能找到的畢卡索畫作,可能還不及掛在莊智博夫婦玫瑰新邨住家牆上的作品來得多。由於熱愛藝術收藏,夫婦兩人遊走世界各地,造訪博物館、參加拍賣會,瑪麗也因而被聘為威尼斯佩姬·古根漢顧問團(Peggy Guggenheim Advisory Board)的一員。



    Lin Fengmian's hometown, Gegongling Village, Baigong Town, Mei County, Guangdong Province, China
    (Provenance: Han Mo 24, Han Mo Xuan Publishing Co., Ltd, Hong Kong, 1992)

    Mary and George Block at their home at Villa Monte Rosa in Hong Kong in the early 1990s
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