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The Gardiner Museum is among the few museums in the world focused on ceramics, and is one of the most important specialty museums internationally. It houses approximately 4,000 objects, including European porcelain, ceramics from the Ancient Americas, Chinese porcelain, Japanese porcelain, and contemporary ceramics. Search the collection online!
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As a gifted amateur artist, Sir William Van Horne catalogued his collection with extensive notebooks and watercolour illustrations. Led by artist and illustrator Louise Reimer, this intimate in-gallery session for beginner watercolourists will find inspiration in Van Horne’s collection of Japanese ceramics, on display in the Special Exhibition Gallery.
A watercolour kit is included.
About the Exhibition
The second half of the 19th century was a golden age of collecting in Europe and North America. The epicenter in Canada was Montreal, then the country’s economic powerhouse. In a period of colonial expansion, its business leaders collected and displayed European and Asian art to convey their emerging power and status. Sir William Van Horne (1843-1915), the American-born builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway, was one such collector.
Obsession: Sir William Van Horne’s Japanese Ceramics reunites for the first time what survives of Van Horne’s collection, alongside his exacting watercolors, elaborately annotated notebooks, letters, and related archival material. Together, these artifacts offer a remarkable case study in the history of collecting. Learn more
Header image: William Van Horne, Incense burner in the shape of a sitting cat (detail), 1896, watercolour on paper, 22.5 x 18 cm, Courtesy of Sally Hannon. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.
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