Dalian Gallery began business in 2003 with the intention to import high-quality Chinese, Tibetan, and Mongolian antique furniture to Europe.
At a later point, we added modern Chinese art to our collection. We have also organized several art exhibitions in our facilities.
ORIGIN OF ITEMS
Most of the items in the Chinese Collection originate from the northern inland province of Shanxi and represent the finest items amongst traditional furniture. The heartland of China's ancient cultural heritage, it is also the region where much of China's ancient architecture has been preserved. One example of this is that Shanxi is the home of Army of Terracotta soldiers.
Tibet is another important source of the Dalian Collection. Furniture from Tibet has always been quite rare. Except for the wealthy, Tibetans used very little furniture in their homes, and the population of Tibet has always been so small that not much was ever made. The Tibetan household typically had only a small number of furniture items, primarily trunks and rugs. Tibetan items are usually made from Tibetan pine or other soft Himalayan woods, and they are decorated with bright colors featuring religious or floral designs. Dalian also has a small collection of Mongolian items with both Chinese and Tibetan influences.
SELECTION AND RESTORATION OF ITEMS
When selecting items for the Dalian Collection, we carefully evaluate features such as age, design, construction, finishing, metalwork, and detailing. Patina of the wood and surfaces must also be carefully considered. Age cannot be determined from the design alone.
Due to climatic factors, storage and turbulent social conditions, most antique items require some degree of restoration. At Dalian, we pay a lot of attention to restoring items in a fashion that does not cause loss of antique value. Our goal is to preserve the original appearance while simultaneously giving new life to the piece of furniture. Improper restoration will decrease the value of the item and can cause permanent damage.
Professional restoration is therefore of utmost importance for ensuring that a precious piece of antique furniture does not lose its original appearance and character. All our pieces are restored by skillful Chinese craftsmen using original techniques.
Each object in the Dalian Collection is a handpicked unique antique item. When selecting pieces for the Dalian Collection, special emphasis is placed on the following criteria:
Excellence of design and craftsmanship
Quality of construction, materials and painting
Clear evidence of age