A black basalt rabbit by Sheldon, circa 1911, from the Wedgwood Museum’s collection
Photo: © Art Fund, by Phil Sayer
 
Martin Bailey, writing in The Art Newspaper on 1 September 2014, reports that there is still £2.74m required in order to stop the 80,000-strong collection in the Wedgwood Museum from being dispersed at auction –
 
The UK’s Art Fund is campaigning to raise £15.75m to save the Wedgwood Museum’s collection from being auctioned at Christie’s and dispersed. The museum, which remains open, houses more than 80,000 works of art and ceramics, including paintings by Stubbs and Reynolds, with some objects dating back to the founding of the pottery firm in 1759. Most of the money has been raised, but there is still £2.74m to go in a public fundraising appeal that ends on 30 November.
 
In an unprecedented crisis, the Staffordshire-based Wedgwood Museum Trust, which owns the collection, is facing a claim over a £134m pension debt… The administrator of Waterford Wedgwood, the Begbies Traynor insolvency company, has now agreed to sell the museum’s collection to the Art Fund. If the money is raised, the fund will then transfer ownership to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which in turn will loan the entire collection back to the Wedgwood Museum at Barlaston, four miles from Stoke-on-Trent.
 
Full The Art Newspaper article here.