January 26–February 29, 2008
Opening Reception Saturday, January 26th, 4–8 pm.
Cizhou ware—with its highly distinctive two-color decorations come from gallery owner Jenny Sun’s hometown in Handan, Hebei Province. Cizhou ware was especially popular among commoners, and reached a peak of popularity in the Song Dynasty (960–1179). Cizhou (pronounced tse-joe) ware is characterized by bold, contrasting designs using iron-rich slips, executed with either a brush or a sgraffito—incising. These modern reproductions come from a family workshop that has revived the ancient local traditions.
Sun Gallery holiday hours in December are Tuesday–Saturday from 12–5 pm. Hours in January are by appointment only. Beginning in February, we return to regular hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 11–6.
Our fall show Buddhist Sculptures from Ming to Qing opens Saturday, November 10-December 31, and features some exciting and unique pieces from our new shipment of works from the 10th–20th centuries: Guanyin figures, a Song dynasty stone Buddha, as well as landscape and ancestor paintings from the Qing dynasty, contemporary oil paintings, stone screens, bedside cabinets, vases and more.
Special note: Keep this date for our Chinese Culture Salon! Fire and Earth: Ceramics from Hebei Province, Saturday, January 26th, 2008, 7 pm.
Our hours for the November-December holiday season are Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5 pm.
From the most delicate of porcelain to the most rugged hand-built figure sculptures, China's ceramic arts tradition is full of variety, inventiveness, and local specialties. Among the ceramics that Sun Gallery carries, you'll find Yixing teapots, porcelain plates, ceramic pillows (yes!), vases, and many other items.
This fall, Sun Gallery will have a very special show of Cizhou Ceramics from near Jenny Sun's hometown in Hebei Province. Look for an announcement in September!
Fine fabrics and embroidery have deep roots in Chinese history. As in many cultures, girls were expected to master needlework, often preparing their wedding clothing, as well as festival and practical items. Sun Gallery carries a selection of exquisite antique and modern fabrics and embroidery made by members of China's various ethnic minorities, as well as Han people. Sun Gallery also has a wonderful collection of decorative antique baby hats.
Formed by the forces of nature, Chinese scholar rocks are unique objects used for contemplation and their beauty. Larger rocks can form the centerpiece of a garden, while smaller ones can be a wonderful addition to a desk, table, or mantle in the home. Scholar rocks are highly collectable.
Perhaps you've admired the large scholar rocks at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Chinese Garden, or in a friend's home. Sun Gallery has a wide assortment of scholar rocks for you to chose from, in all sizes, shapes, and colorings. Our scholar rocks all come with custom-made wooden bases.