Lecture series

Presented by Orientations magazine

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2pm
Asian Art in Canada: An Introduction to the Players and Institutions that Shaped Asian Art Collections in Canada

Canada has a rich history of collecting Asian antiques and is home to some of North America’s largest museum collections of Asian art. In this talk, Anthony Wu will provide an overview of the collectors, curators, dealers and institutions that played a key role in shaping Canada’s involvement with Asian art over the past century, with an emphasis on Toronto and Montreal. He will discuss figures such as Sir William Cornelius Van Horne (1843‒1915), president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir Byron Edmund Walker (1848‒1924), president of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, George Crofts (1871‒1925), a fur trader and antique dealer, and Bishop William C. White (1873‒1960), the first curator of the East Asian Gallery of the Royal Ontario Museum. Wu will also introduce the collections of institutions including the Royal Ontario Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, and renowned 20th century dealers such as Frank Crane of The Hundred Antiques gallery in Toronto, and Alex Gurie of Montreal’s Gurie Gallery.

Anthony Wu is a Toronto-based Asian art specialist who consults for auction houses, museums and private clients in Canada and the US. From 2009 to 2015, Wu headed Waddington’s Asian Art department.

Please RSVP at info@theasiaartfair.com by March 11

 Blue-and-white moonflask bianhu Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795)  Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto The Robert and Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection; #G98.1
Blue-and-white moonflask bianhu
Qianlong mark and period (1736-1795)
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
The Robert and Murray Bell and Ann Walker Bell Collection; #G98.1

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2pm
Ceramic Cartography: Japanese Map Plates and the Tempo Era (1830‒44)

The late Edo period (1615‒1868) saw the burgeoning of a general interest in map making in Japan—one aspect of the fascination with and pursuit of ‘Western learning’ (J. rangaku). One particular format, the map plate, created in the early 19th century, is the subject of a lecture by Richard A. Pegg. He will examine the origins of the types of maps used, as well as the ceramic wares upon which they appear, including Arita, Kutani and Gennai wares, during the heyday of this unique cartographical form in the Tempo era.

Richard A. Pegg, PhD is Director and Curator of Asian Art for the MacLean Collection in Illinois. His most recent publication is Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps (2014).

Please RSVP at info@theasiaartfair.com by March 13

Map Plate, Japan, Edo period, Tenpo era (1830-44), Foliate plate, overglaze enamel Kutani ware, D. 32 cm., MacLean Collection
Map Plate, Japan, Edo period, Tenpo era (1830-44), Foliate plate, overglaze enamel Kutani ware, D. 32 cm., MacLean Collection
Map Plate, Japan, Edo period, Tenpo era (1830-44), Round plate, blue and white underglaze Arita ware, D. 45.5 cm., MacLean Collection
Map Plate, Japan, Edo period, Tenpo era (1830-44), Round plate, blue and white underglaze Arita ware, D. 45.5 cm., MacLean Collection