Amherst benefactor donates collection to Guernsey museum

Sam McNeish
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Giving back to the area from which your ancestors came is something few people get the chance to do.

Amherst benefactor donates collection to Guernsey museum

AMHERST Giving back to the area from which your ancestors came is something few people get the chance to do.

Canadian artist and Amherst resident Christian Cardell Corbet is donating his collection of historic pottery to the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery.

This rare collection of Guernsey Pottery will find a new home in the museum and art gallery located on Guernsey Channel Island just off the coast of France.

This isle, from which the Corbet family originates, will receive 80 pieces of this pottery.

The collection started out by my receiving a piece of pottery back in 1982 from my late great, great aunt Phyliss Yorke (nee Corbet) who told me the importance of these pieces and from then on I continued to collect and collect, Corbet said.

Over the years, he has amassed more than 100 works with some on occasion being gifted to close friends.

The time came that I wanted the collection to find a permanent home, a home where it would be appreciated, and where better than the island from which it originated from, he said.

The Social History Curator accepted Corbets gift in November 2006 when he last visited his ancestral home. This region is often regarded as one of the finest of all the British Isles.

He met with the curator to discuss this large donation.

He was all to pleased to acquire these works. And I am all too pleased as well to have such a prominent institution acquire these treasures, he said.

Guernsey Pottery is made of terra-cotta clay and highly glazed, often depicting floral and botanical motifs. As well, the hand-painted pottery is known for their banks which today are quite sought after and which come in a variety of shapes and sizes such as pigs, puffins, boats and others.

These banks are by far the most exciting pieces in the collection, my favourite being the puffin, Corbet said. Utilitarian pieces such as bowls, platters and drinking vessels are also part of the one of a kind collection being donated to the museum.

Now regarded as The Corbet Collection of Guernsey Pottery, these works will be exhibited soon at the museums New Acquisitions Exhibition.

If you have never been to Guernsey Island you havent experienced beauty at its finest. There was a reason Renoir painted there and Victor Hugo wrote there.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Guernsey Museum

Geographic location: Amherst, Guernsey Channel Island, France British Isles

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