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Carving the City

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Article by Wayne Reeves

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HILE THREE-DIMENSIONAL depictions of buildings and towns date back to antiquity, terrain models (or raised-relief maps) became popular only from the 1890s onward. Laser-cut models based on digital vector files are now common, but hand-carved maps-such as John George Howard’s-are a rare...
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Symbol of the Realm

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Article by Michael Prokopow

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IVEN THAT EVERY HUMAN-MADE OBJECT is a text born of context, the challenge of getting at the meaning of a thing necessarily becomes an exercise in history and analysis. Made in England during the reign of King George IV for official use in...
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Documentary Calligraphy at Kings Landing

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Article by Darrell Butler

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CCORDING TO MR. WILLIAM GANONG, the collection donor, this is one of two pieces of calligraphy by George Bragg (1783-1859) in the Mary and Walter Ganong Collection at Kings Landing, New Brunswick. It centres on ‘The Eye of the Lord’ in the upper...
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The Tale of the Three-Bladed Propeller

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Article by Paul Balcaen

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HERE IS AN INSIGNIFICANT-LOOKING grey wooden propeller on a hangar wall at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg.

It came off a garbage load in 1937 and was stored in a barn until its donation to the museum circa 1977. This...

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Arcs of Colour

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A stained glass window by Quebec artist Marcelle Ferron

Article by Rosalind Pepall

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HERE ARE MANY stained glass windows in the collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts-Gothic, Renaissance, William Morris, and Tiffany examples-but it was unusual for a museum to be offered an entire coloured glass wall...
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Natural History on Display: Victorian Insect Art

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Article by Suzanne Moase

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N 1831, THOMAS BARNETT opened his museum of curiosities and natural history to the viewing public in Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls Museum, considered to be Canada’s oldest museum, was one of the first substantial buildings along the road that faces Niagara Falls....
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Collecting TREEN

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Article by John Adams

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ANY PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HEARD the word treen. It is derived from an old English word that simply translates as ‘made of wood.’ Treen consists as a category of mainly domestic objects such as plates, bowls, cups, goblets, pepper mills, boxes, and the...
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Anniversary

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Editorial by John Fleming

ORNAMENTUM celebrates 10 years of publication in 2015 as it continues to record our delight in the pursuit and pleasure of discovering and promoting interest in the decorative arts in Canada. This retrospective adventure maintains our ongoing off-angle approach to the many aspects of the...

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