Palm Beach is pleased to offer the part two of the English and Chinese Export Porcelain Collection of Adele Bloom.
Adele Bloom, a resident of both Palm Beach, Florida and Montreal, Quebec, had a passion for fine porcelain that led her to become a prominent ceramic collector and enthusiast. Mrs. Bloom also made numerous philanthropic contributions to the arts in both cities. For many years she was a devoted volunteer guide at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where in 1950 she saw a ceramics exhibition that inspired her to become a collector and connoisseur for the rest of her life.
Mrs. Bloom’s interest in 18th century English manufacturies prevails in her collection, which also includes Chinese export wares and European porcelain.
Perhaps the most significant gift of Mrs. Bloom’s legacy was a donation that allowed the Gardiner Museum, Canada’s national ceramics museum, to purchase an extraordinary Chelsea soft paste porcelain tureen in the form of a rabbit seated on and eating lettuces – the same tureen that Mrs. Bloom had seen in the 1950 exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
It bears the mark of the red anchor period, considered the finest period of Chelsea’s production, and is a favorite of the museums colleciton. Mrs Bloom’s gracious contributions to the arts in Palm Beach and Montreal are a reflection of the pride and joy for which she ammassed her own collection.