The WAG began collecting in the field of decorative arts in the 1950s, and has since acquired over 4,000 objects in ceramic, glass, metal, and textile from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

The strength of the decorative arts collection lies in its holdings of 18th and 19th English ceramics. One of the finest collections in Canada, these works tell the story of the development of British ceramicists such as William de Morgan and potteries such as Minton and the discovery of the porcelain formula, as well as the influence of Chinese patterns on European production. The decorative arts holdings also include a strong survey of late 19th century to early 20th century glass, with particular representation of Art Nouveau and Art Deco designs from the recognized glass factories of Gallé, Tiffany, Steuben, and Lalique. The Silver collection is one of the best in the country, with a concentration on British and Canadian domestic and ecclesiastical pieces of immense importance by such artisans as Robert Cruickshank, Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith, and Paul Storr.

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Works in the Collection

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