Celebrating Decorative Arts & Design!         Célébrons les arts décoratifs et du design !

Log in

Photographer: Virginia Macdonald

Designer: Sloan Mauran Interior Design

As seen in Canadian House & Home   @houseandhomemag

CSDA Sundays, The Expert Series: March 6, 2022

WHAT'S OLD IS NEW . . . or is it?

In recent years, fine furniture made of mahogany, walnut and various fruit woods has often been dismissed as "brown furniture."  Is Canadian House and Home magazine correct in suggesting that brown furniture is making a comeback?  Are people finding the time to polish silver or hand-wash gold-rimmed china?  Are minimalists making room for family heirlooms?  And does COVID have anything to do with it?  Whether you are upsizing, downsizing, giving your current home a facelift, or just wondering what's going on out there, this event is for you. 

Please join us as we explore the role of decorative arts in home décor with estate liquidator/certified appraiser Judith Martin, interior designer Emily Hollis, and do-it-yourselfer Sophie Golets

After the panel discussion, there will be an opportunity for audience participation during the Q&A.

Event time: 3PM (EDT)

Register on Eventbrite HERE

Brought to you by:

Ornamentum Lecture Series - Thursday, March 24, 2022

Cultural Vessels - When 1960s Mi’kmaq Design and Stories Met Traditional English Bone China

The trade of “Indian Arts and Crafts” with European settlers and explorers has taken place since the 1600s. Indigenous objects entered into European public and private collections through trade economics, becoming popular during the nineteenth century. European travellers and explorers were inclined to collect objects from foreign lands, especially souvenirs. Join Emma Hassencahl-Perly a Wolastoqey artist, curator and educator from Negotiuk (Tobique First Nation) and John Leroux manager of collections and exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery who will talk about the first modern Indigenous artists in eastern Canada that developed an international following almost overnight. (Note: Article found in Ornamentum Fall/Winter 2021)

Images: Various teacups, saucers, creamers and sugar bowls from Royal Tuscan's "The Micmac Indian Legends of the Little People" fine China set, 1964 Photos: John Leroux 

Event time: 7PM (EDT)

Register on Eventbrite HERE


Emma Hassencahl-Perley is a Wolastoqey visual artist, curator, and educator from Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation), New Brunswick. She is the co-author of Wabanaki Modern: The Artistic Legacy of the 1960s “Micmac Indian Craftsmen”, Alexandrya Eaton: Everything in Between, and Psi kekw kəti mewi · Tout va bien aller · Everything is gonna be fine · Wela’sitew na, a volume assessing the New Brunswick Art Bank on its fiftieth anniversary. Hassencahl-Perley is a graduate of Mount Allison University’s fine arts program and is currently pursuing an MA in art history at Concordia University where her research examines Wabanaki identity through material and visual culture. Her visual art practice focuses on beadwork, soft sculpture, performance, and large mural installation painting.

John Leroux has practiced in the fields of art history, architecture, visual art, curation, and education. He is currently the manager of collections and exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Leroux holds a bachelor of architecture degree from McGill University, a master’s in art history from Concordia University, and a PhD in history from the University of New Brunswick. He was a team member of Canada’s entry at the 2012 Venice Biennale in architecture, and he has taught at the University of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and St. Thomas University. Leroux is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Peter Powning: A Retrospective, The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, and Wabanaki Modern: The Artistic Legacy of the 1960s “Micmac Indian Craftsmen”. 

CSDA/CCAD Sundays: Expert Series - April 3, 2022

Chinese Porcelain in Canada in the 18th & 19th Centuries:  Featuring Examples in Nova Scotia & Quebec Collections

Did you know there are more than 69,000 fragments of Chinese blue and white porcelain in the archaeological collection of Nova Scotia’s Fortress of Louisbourg?  Or that Chinese famille rose porcelains were imported to Canada from the famous Imperial kilns of Jingdezhen?  Join Asian art expert Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP, for a visually engaging presentation exploring Chinese porcelain in museum collections from Quebec and Nova Scotia.  Not only will she examine the history of when and how these pieces arrived in Canada, but also provide a brief background on the development of blue and white in China.  The significance of these porcelain wares and the symbolism of decoration depicted on them will be discussed in a way that is entertaining to a broad audience of both Western and Chinese porcelain connoisseurs alike.

Event time: 3PM (EDT)

Register on Eventbrite HERE


Susan Lahey, MA, ISA CAPP, is a certified, professional appraiser with more than two decades of experience, specializing in Chinese decorative and fine art. Ms. Lahey holds an Honours BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Toronto; an MA in Classical Chinese Literature from the University of British Columbia; and a Post-Graduate Diploma with Distinction in Asian Art from the School of Oriental & African Studies/Sotheby’s in London, England.  As President of Eastern Art Consultants Inc., Susan provides a wide range of independent appraisal services. She is also current President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Society of Appraisers.

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
© 2022 Canadian Society of Decorative Arts / Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs