The Diaphanous Folds of Botanical Art: The Work of Jean Johnson

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Article by John Fleming

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OTANICAL ART HAS BEEN a life-long presence in Jean Johnson’s imagination. She recalls from early days recurring walks through fields and woods with her father, an avid gardener and amateur naturalist, who named as they went, in the well-established binomial system of Linnaeus, wildflowers, plants, and shrubs in both common and scientific terms. Thus …

The Crying of LOT 222 : A Victorian Brooch Deconstructed

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Article by Donna Bilak

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SNAPSHOT IN TIME. It was early in the afternoon on September 9th, 2013, when Lot 222 came up on the block at Waddington’s Jewellery and Watch Auction in Toronto. Described in the catalogue as a 19th-century 18kt yellow gold brooch weighing 16 grams, its oval body was decorated with a simple filigree pattern embellished …

Spotlight on the Collection: A Flowering Passion for Porcelain – George and Helen Gardiner

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Article by Rachel Gotlieb

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OLLECTORS ARE MOTIVATED to collect for myriad reasons that often overlap: for personal pleasure, scholarship and edification, preservation and prosperity, and for financial investment. George and Helen Gardiner, the founders of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, which opened thirty years ago on March 6, 1984, collected for all these reasons and …