Imperial Splendor: Chinese Cloisonné at Sunnylands

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A new exhibition featuring the Sunnylands collection of Chinese Cloisonné will open at Sunnylands Center & Gardens. 
Family Day 
Join us on January 20 also for the first of a series of Family Days, all scheduled on the third Sunday of the month. The day of activities from 9:30 - 3:30 will focus on the culture and arts of China in conjunction with the exhibition. There will be a mix of Chinese cultural events, including lion dancers, drummers, a calligrapher, and traditional Chinese games. In addition there will be crafts activities for children who will have the chance to make "faux cloisonné." 

  • 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Chinese games, books, and puzzles in the Great Room
  • 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Supervised hands-on activities in the Studio
  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Cultural events on the Great Lawn
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Calligraphy on the Terrace or in the studio depending on the weather
  • 1:30 p.m.: Lecture in the Gallery on restoring Cloisonné to its original luster.

Chinese cloisonné is the art of applying colored enamels to the surface of a metal object, creating intricate and decorative designs. Cloisonné originated in Beijing. Cloisonné from the Sunnylands Collection, acquired by Walter and Leonore Annenberg, will be on display from January through December 2013.  
The Annenbergs began to purchase cloisonné in 1966, just as the Sunnylands estate was being completed. Most of the collection of 35 objects was acquired from London galleries when the Annenbergs were living in London between 1969 and 1974 and Walter Annenberg was serving as the Ambassador to the Court of Saint James’s. The collection features a wide range of styles and periods dating from the Ming Dynasty to the 20th century and includes furniture, vessels, and decorative figures. The Annenbergs gravitated to bold, beautiful colors, strong graphic elements, and beautiful forms. Both Walter and Leonore were bird enthusiasts and this interest is reflected in twelve bird-form cloisonné objects within the collection.  
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Sunnylands Lecture Series 
On January 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., Béatrice Quette, head of education at the Museum of Decorative Arts or Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and the world's leading cloisonné scholar, will deliver a lecture at the Rancho Mirage Public Library as part of the Sunnylands Lecture series.  
Ms. Quette was curator of a cloisonné exhibition at the Bard Center in New York and published Cloisonné: Chinese Examples from the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties, which includes the Bard exhibition catalog. She will speak about the art and use of Chinese cloisonné and describe the Sunnylands cloisonné collection, which includes furniture, vessels, and decorative figures.  
Ms. Quette is president of the French Oriental Ceramic Society and has taught both Chinese and Japanese Arts at a number of universities. She is an internationally recognized Chinese art scholar who has taught, published, and lectured on the subject of Chinese material culture for nearly thirty years.  
The Rancho Mirage Public Library is located at 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage. This lecture is free and reservations are not required. Due to the popularity of the Sunnylands lecture series, seating is on a first-come-first served basis and early arrival is encouraged.