Pasadena Museum of History Receives Batchelder Ceramic Masterpiece from Tile Heritage Foundation

The “Peacock” Sculpture Given to PMH in Tribute to Dr. Robert Winter

Published : Wednesday, December 6, 2017 | 6:53 AM

The Board of Directors of the Tile Heritage Foundation (THF) has gifted Ernest Batchelder’s “Peacock” to Pasadena Museum of History (PMH) in tribute to Dr. Robert Winter, the distinguished architectural historian who chose the Pasadena institution to care for his own Batchelder collection in perpetuity. This is the first major gift ever made by the Foundation to another collection. “In a very real sense, the ‘Peacock’ would be returning ‘home,’ noted THF President Joseph A. Taylor in a letter to the Museum announcing the gift.

The “Peacock,” a magnificent glazed architectural terra-cotta (22”w x 24”h x 3.75”d) was made by the Batchelder-Wilson Tile Company in the 1920s. Only one other example of the Peacock is known (now in a private collection).

“Pasadena Museum of History is thrilled and honored to add the ‘Peacock’ to our Ernest A. Batchelder Collection,” noted Laura Verlaque, Director of Collections, “and we are especially happy to make it available for public viewing at this time.” The piece – along with a representative sampling of decorative Batchelder tiles from Dr. Robert Winter’s personal collection, which was gifted to PMH in 2016 – is currently on display in the History Center’s Giddings Conference Room. The public can access the display when the Exhibition Galleries are open, except when the Conference Room is in use.

Pasadena Museum of History is located at 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103. Please visit www.pasadenahistory.org for further information or call (626) 577-1660.

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