MONTREAL, March 28, 2017 /CNW/ - A person of National Historic Significance, Frederick Cleveland Morgan was the first curator (for 46 years) of the Montreal Art Associations' Museum collection that would become the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Born in 1881, Morgan's interests encompassed the fine and decorative arts of Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Morgan's 16,000 sq. ft. "Le Sabot" built in 1912 was recently sold by his Grand-daughter, and its contents will also be sold next month by public auction (details below). Le Sabot is featured in "Belles demeures historiques de l'île de Montréal" by the Éditions de l'Homme.
F. Cleveland Morgan, who bought and consulted many of the great dealers and scholars of the first half of the 20th century such as Antony Blunt, Joe Devine, Knoedlers, Agnews and Paul Beau, came to be acknowledged in Canada and abroad as a collector of stature. He was personally responsible for the acquisition of over 7,000 objects of remarkable quality for the Museum, of which he donated at least 1,000. His collection reflects tremendous technical and aesthetic knowledge of the world's decorative arts, meriting Morgan's recognition as one of the most perceptive connoisseurs of his day. Le Sabot's contents public auction is an opportunity to glimpse into a vanished world of collecting and to acquire numerous museum quality pieces.
In addition to his significant contribution to the cultural life of Montréal, Morgan left a legacy in natural history. He created the Morgan Arboretum on the island of Montreal (the largest urban protected arboretum in Canada), he was internationally known in the areas of alpine rock garden design and iris hybridization. He was a founding member of the American Iris Society who honoured Morgan in 1951 with the creation of the prestigious Morgan Award.
-Frederick Cleveland Morgan Public Estate Auction
-439 catalogued lots, Pridham's link below
-Saturday, April 8th, 2017 at 10:00am
-Preview: Friday, April 7th, 2017 from noon to 7:00pm
-Location: Beaconsfield Golf Club, 49 avenue du Golf, Pointe-Claire (QC) H9S 4N6
SOURCE Pridham's Auction House
For further information: Josée Bonneville, Pridham's Auction House, Tel.: 1-613-858-4278, 1-877-533-5877