18th and 19th Century Porcelain Exhibiton Opens at the WAG

Delicate Beauty: The Ruby Ashdown Porcelain Collection, an exhibition of 18th- and 19th-century British porcelain, opens at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on January 16. The 120 works in the exhibition are part of a 280-piece collection recently donated to the WAG by Winnipeg collector Mrs. Ruby Ashdown. The exhibition continues until April 18.

“The Ruby Ashdown Collection of Decorative Art is the largest and most significant donation to the WAG’s Decorative Arts collection in fifteen years,” says Helen Delacretaz, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts. “It’s a showcase of over 30 different British factories and their production. Some of the works add significant and spectacular examples from factories already represented in the permanent collection. Others are our first representation of work from various potteries.”

Delacretaz adds, “Mrs. Ashdown is an astute and informed collector, and for several decades she has found much enjoyment in studying the development of British porcelain. Now Gallery visitors will be able to share that enjoyment for many years to come in future exhibitions, as the breadth and quality of the Ashdown Collection continues to unfold.”

“We are deeply indebted to Mrs. Ashdown for this generous donation, and we celebrate the exercise of connoisseurship evident through the collection” says WAG Director Stephen Borys. “The WAG has one of the finest collections of decorative arts of any Canadian gallery and this acquisition has added significantly to that.”

Contributing sponsor: The Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation.

Related Programs

Exhibition Tours
Sunday, February 21 • 2pm
Wednesday, March 17 • 12:10pm at Art for Lunch
Friday, April 9 • 8-11pm at Art After Dark

Art Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28 • Natural Forms in Clay • Registration deadline March 11





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