The Norton Collection of Ancient Glass is back in Coaticook.
In collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Beaulne Museum is pleased to present the exhibition Norton Collection of Ancient Glass from the 16th of June 2019 to the 19th of January 2020. The public and the press are cordially invited.
Harry Norton was the son of Arthur Osmore Norton, the owner of the Norton Castle, which presently houses the Beaulne Museum. Passionate about horticulture, he was also a great art lover and collector of antiques. The ancient glassware collection which he put together was one of the largest in North America. Mostly kept and displayed at the Norton Castle in Coaticook, this collection was later donated to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts as well as the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
This exhibit, which is the result of collaboration between the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Beaulne Museum, is dedicated to the homecoming, although temporary, of a portion of this collection of ancient glassware. This exhibit serves as dual purpose: on one hand, to trace a piece of local history while restoring pride to the town of Coaticook and, on the other hand, to make known a part of the history of humanity, since these artifacts date from the period of classical antiquity.
The 71 items presented will be accompanied by a small book as well as a brief virtual version available online on the Museum's website, which will be prolonged at the end of the actual exhibit.
Here is a preview: