Crown Collection

Governor General of Canada Monarchy of Canada Lieutenant governor (Canada)
Interior of Rideau Hall, the royal residence of the Canadian monarch in Ottawa. A number of items used to furnish the residence are a part of the Crown Collection.

The Crown Collection is the assemblage of more than 7,000 objects,[1] including contemporary and antique art and furnishings, books, rugs, and other objects owned by the sovereign in right of Canada, many of which are used to furnish the country's official residences.[2][3]

The collection is managed by the National Capital Commission and pieces are acquired either as gifts from philanthropic benefactors to,[3][4] or through purchase by, the Canadiana Foundation,[5] an organisation established in 2005 specifically to manage the furnishings of the official residences and which is under the patronage of the Governor General of Canada.[4][6][7] The foundation collects, via its Canadiana Fund (established in 1990), donations of both money and pieces that have been approved by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board as having "outstanding significance or national importance".[8] A curator oversees acquisitions, research, conservation, inventory management, de-accessioning, loans, and all agreements with donors, partners, and stakeholders.[9]

Works are generally by Canadian artists and craftsmen and/or are of significance in Canadian history,[10] such as the MacKay-Keefer Legacy Cup, created in 1831 to commemorate the construction of the Rideau Canal,[11] a tall-case clock produced in 1825 by J. B. Twiss of Montreal, and a Quebec pine armoire crafted in the Louis Quinze style between 1750 and 1760.[12] Also in the collection is the piece 24 heures de l'Isle-aux-Oyes by Jean-Paul Riopelle, as well as the Grant de Longueuil Epergne, a silver centrepiece made in 1759.[13] The collection does also hold, however, pieces from Europe and the Far East.[3]

Pieces used in Canada's official residences are selected so as to reflect the country's "diverse artistic and cultural traditions"; all art displayed is by Canadian artists, including Inuit works.[3] Public Services and Procurement Canada oversees the Crown Collection pieces that have been installed in the official residences, keeping inventory and commissioning any necessary restoration.[3]

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  1. ^ Thompson, Elizabeth (26 May 2009), "Senator: GG shouldn't redecorate Rideau Hall", Toronto Sun, retrieved 14 January 2010
  2. ^ "Official Residences > The Canadiana Fund". National Capital Commission. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e Office of the Governor General of Canada. "Visit Us > The Citadelle of Québec > Collections". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b Canadiana Fund (2007). "The Canadiana Fund: Preserving Our Common Heritage" (PDF). In the Know. Ottawa: National Capital Commission. 1: 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2010.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  5. ^ Canadiana Fund 2007, Gifts to the Crown Collection, p. 4
  6. ^ Canadiana Fund (2006). "The Canadiana Foundation" (PDF). In the Know. Ottawa: National Capital Commission. 1: 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2010.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  7. ^ Canadiana Fund 2006, Governor General Becomes Honorary Patron of the Canadiana Fund, p. 1
  8. ^ "Property Management > What We Manage > Heritage Conservation > Managing the Official Residences > The Canadiana Fund". National Capital Commission. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  9. ^ National Capital Commission. "Student Services > Careers > Artswork > Curator, Official Residneces Crown Collection". Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  10. ^ Canadiana Fund 2007, Ontario Artist Showcased in Canada's National Homes, p. 2
  11. ^ Canadiana Fund 2007, MacKay-Keefer Legacy Cup, p. 1
  12. ^ "Official Residences > The Canadiana Fund > Collection Highlights". National Capital Commission. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
  13. ^ Office of the Governor General of Canada. "The Residences > The Citadelle of Québec > Plan Your Visit > Tour of the Residences". Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 16 August 2010.