Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection Auction: Part V: Decorative Arts

April 21, 2015

LOT 165




signed, tallest 57” —144.8 cm

Estimate $1,500-$2,000

Realised: $1,080
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:


It would make me so happy if my enjoyment in the process of making my sculptures and other clay pieces was sensed by those viewing the work”.

- Mimi Cabri -

Mimi Cabri is one of Canada’s most celebrated ceramic artists. She has been a creative driving force in her art since her arrival to Canada in the early 1960’s. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 20023.

Mimi Cabri was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied painting and drawing in Johannesburg and in Paris, and immigrated to Canada in the 1960‘s. It was in Montreal, Quebec, that the material of clay captivated her when a fellow artist brought her to the Potters Club, now the Visual Arts Center. She realized that it was her experience as a painter that gave an impetus for clay work and sculpture. She began her professional career as a ceramic artist in 1973 since participating in the founding of the Ottawa Potters Guild in 1973.

Cabri’s early work was in stoneware, with her first solo show at the Flora Street Gallery in the mid 1970s. She recalls the moment when she changed from stoneware to earthenware after a visit to Paris in 1986, upon seeing the “intoxicating” colours in the stained glass windows of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. Cabri has ever since incorporated rich hues in her work as she explores themes that celebrate dance, song and a mythic fusion of human and animal worlds.

Cabri’s work is found in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection, The Canada Council Art Bank. She, along with Jill Elder, was the winner or the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Champagne Bath Art Renovation, and was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2003. Cabri was commissioned to create portraits on clay of the previous thirty recipients of the Saidye Bronfman Awards for their 30th Awards Ceremony in 2006. These works were on display at the Lafrenière and Pai Gallery in Ottawa. She has also made a series of hand-painted ceramic tile signs for several libraries and learning centers in Ghana.

Selected Corporate, Private and Public Collections

Art Bank of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Burlington Art Center, Burlington, ON
City of Ottawa Art Collection, Ottawa, ON
Canada Council Art Bank
Claridge Collection, Montreal, QC
Museum of Civilization, Hull, QC

Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2013 Mimi Cabri: A Feast for the Soul, The General Fine Art, Craft and Design Gallery, Almonte, ON
Selection of sculptures with artists of Portfolio ’83, Geraldine’s Gallery, Kemptville, ON
Invited contribution in fund-raising event for the 30th Anniversary of the Burlington Arts Centre, April 2013.
2012 "Interaction 30", group show, Galerie McClure, Montreal, QC
2011 Continuities with Ann Roberts, Galerie McClure, Montreal, QC
“Matter of Clay III” group show Jonathon-Snell Gallery, London,ON
2010 Upstarts group show, Jonathon-Snell Gallery, London, ON
Eros from Chaos, Lafrenière & Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2009 Masterworks East Exhibition, Ontario Crafts Council, Ontario touring group exhibition.
2008 Naughty and Nice , Lafrenière & Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON
RCA Members Exhibition, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, ON
2008, 1990 The Canada Council Art Bank
2008, 2006, 2002, 1995, 1990, 1987 City of Ottawa Fine Art Collection
2007 Sex Pots II, Prime Gallery, Toronto, “” February (group)
260 Fingers Exhibition, Ottawa Guild of Potters, Ottawa (group)
2006 Portraits, in Celebration of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Saidye Bronfman Award together with A Retrospective Exhibition and Sale of Works selected from the Artist’s Thirty-year career, Lafrenière & Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON
From the North: Canadian Ceramics The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
Matter of Clay II, Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Int., London, ON, (group)
2005 The Art of Clay, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, (Group)
City Nest , Ottawa City Hall Gallery, ON (Solo)
2004 Burlington Art Centre, Courtyard Exhibition (Solo)
2003 The Artful Teapot , The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto, international (group)
Recent Acquisitions to the City of Ottawa’s Fine Art Collection, Karsh-Masson Gallery
Tea Party Four, Prime Gallery, Toronto, (group)
Ontario Potters Association Exhibition, Carleton University, Ottawa (group)
Fireworks 2003, The Ontario Clay & Glass Association, Carleton University, Ottawa
2002-2003 Signatures Gallery, Ottawa, Group Exhibition (group)
2002 Mimi Cabri and Claude Cabri, Lafrenière and Pai Gallery, Ottawa, (duo)
Elected Academician to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Canadian Museum of Civilization, Permanent Collection, Hull, Québec
2001 Mimi Cabri and Claude Cabri, Prime Gallery, Toronto, Tea Party Three (group)
The Ottawa Art Gallery, “Silent Auction” (group)
2000 Mars 2000 and Fountain series Prime Gallery, Toronto, Solo Exhibition, (solo)
1999 The Sweetness of Life, Lynda Greenberg Gallery, Ottawa, (Solo)
1998 Don’t Get the Blues: Vessels and Plates, Prime Gallery, Toronto, (Solo)
1998 Artists in Focus New Work Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia, (group)
1997 Tea Party I, Prime Gallery, Toronto, (group)
10th Anniversary Celebration- Contemporary Trousseau, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo
1997 Teapot Show, Visual Art Centre, Montréal
1996 Fireworks 96, The Ontario Clay & Glass Association, Carleton University, Ottawa
1995 Tea Time, Lynda Greenberg Gallery, Ottawa
Ontario Crafts '95, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto
Summer in the City, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo
1994 6th National Biennial of Ceramics, Trois Rivières
Plates & Platters, Prime Gallery, Toronto
A Forest: Installation of 7 sculptures, Prime Gallery, Toronto
Clay Feature, Harbinger Gallery, Waterloo
Canadian Decorative and Contemporary Art Exhibit, Charles Levitan Gallery, New York, United States
1993-94 Fireworks '93, Touring Exhibition, Ontario Crafts Council
1993 Teapots, Prime Gallery, Toronto
A Taste of the Claridge Collection (Bronfman), Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, Waterloo
1993 Made in Ottawa, Arts Court, Ottawa Gallery of Art
1992 5th National Biennial of Ceramics, Trois Rivières
The Cake Plate Show, Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montréal
1991 Boston Exhibition, Boston, United States
1990 Teapots, Galerie Barbara Silverberg, Montréal
1987 Claridge Collection (Bronfman), Montréal
1986 Burlington Art Centre, Burlington


Purchased directly from the artist