dec arts spectacular
23 September - 5 November 2017
Hamilton Gallery welcomes guest curators Patricia Begg, Geoffrey Edwards, and Christopher Menz to select highlights from Hamilton Gallery's nationally recognised collection of decorative arts.
Patricia Begg is an internationally renowned scholar and collector of porcelain and glass. She has curated significant exhibitions for major galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria.
Geoffrey Edwards retired from directorship of Geelong Gallery, in 2016. Prior to this, he held senior curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Christopher Menz has focused on decorative arts throughout his career at major galleries, including as the Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (2005-2010).
Our guest curators share their expertise, and appreciation of Hamilton Gallery’s core collection, of decorative arts. The Shaw bequest (including many ceramics purchased in 1953 from the Sir Keith Murdoch collection) formed the Hamilton Gallery collection with its nucleus being decorative arts.
Our ceramic collection features fine pieces produced in England, Italy, Germany, France and Scandinavia from well-known factories such as Minton, Doulton, Wedgwood, Alessi, Rosenthal, Limoges, Arabia and Royal Copenhagen. The Gallery's holdings of porcelain, stoneware and earthenware illustrate some of the major stylistic and technical developments that have occurred in these mediums from the sixteenth century to today.
English and German holloware forms the backbone of the historic silver collection, and includes major items such as a set of three sugar vases designed by Francis Crump in 1765. During the 1990s the Gallery began to make major contributions to the metalware holdings by including European and Australian contemporary designers such as Johannes Kuhnen and Hendrik Forster.