Monday, January 26, 2009

Birmingham Museum is Gifted 10,000 Wedgwood Ceramics

Museum gets 10,000 pieces of Wedgwood ceramics
Gift has estimated value of more than $4 million

Friday, January 16, 2009

News staff writer

After years of negotiations and legal wrangling in New York , the Birmingham Museum of Art has landed a gift of 10,000 Wedgwood ceramics with an estimated value of more than $4 million.

The collection, originally housed at the Buten Museum of Wedgwood in Merion , Pa. , was moved to Birmingham recently from Port Washington, Long Island , N.Y. It has been on long-term loan to Nassau County (N.Y.) Museums since the Buten museum closed in 1988.

Together with BMA's 1,400-piece Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection, the Buten Collection will give the museum the largest and most comprehensive Wedgwood collection in the United States , and will rival the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston , England , said Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, BMA's curator of decorative arts.

"It's the only collection of its kind in the country," she said. "It makes Birmingham the center for Wedgwood studies in the United States ."

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