Themed and Study Collections


Leanne Dmyterko adjusting costumes at the Legacy Art Gallery (Copper Thunderbird)

Arts and Crafts collection
Bequest of Katharine and John Maltwood with subsequent additional acquisitions includes furniture, textiles, wall paper, and other decorative arts.

Asian Arts
Collection ranges from 600 AD to present, including Wei, Ming, Tang, Sung, Han, and Ch'ing dynasties; bowls, cases, figures, adornments, in soapstone, ceramic, jade, wood, earthenware, crystal, glass. Antique carpet collection, with examples from the Middle and Far East. Painted scrolls.

BC Arts and Crafts Collections
Including paintings, drawings, ceramics.

European Decorative Art
Collection ranges from 1500 to present; includes china ware, a large collection of tea settings, Wedgwood pieces (18th century to present); 17th century oak furniture; 19th century paintings. Art and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements are represented in utilitarian and decorative items in variety of media, including silver, copper, pewter, brass, glassware.

Northwest Coast First Nations Art
Historical and contemporary pieces of the Kwakwakawakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish, and Haida nations. Artists include: Art Thompson, Mungo Martin, Roy Henry Vickers, the Hunt family. Collection encompasses ivory, argillite, wood carvings; contemporary fine art; prints; weavings; basketry; and the Smyth Collection (one of the largest collections of Northwest Coast prints).

Pre-Columbian artifacts from Central America
One of the Canada's largest collections, spanning over 3,000 years. Drawn primarily from Costa Rica and Panama, and includes works of ceramic, stone, jade, and gold.

Western Canadian Contemporary Fine and Craft Arts
Over 10,000 objects, including works by Emily Carr, Pat Martin Bates, Myfanwy Pavelic, Herbert Siebner, Elza Mayhew, Katharine Maltwood, Robert de Castro, Donald Harvey and other major artists. Collection includes painting, sculpture, prints, and other media.

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