The Canadian character of the furniture and works of art enriches the heritage value of the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec. They showcase Canada’s diverse artistic and cultural traditions of yesterday and today. Highlights are presented during the guided tour of the residence's State rooms.
Most of the furniture at the Citadelle was made in Canada. Some pieces displayed in the old wing have been part of the residence for a very long time; these include pieces drawing inspiration from France, as well as examples of Classical Revival and other historical styles. In the new wing, we find traditional French-Canadian antiques, some dating from the New France era.
Works of Art
Artists showcased at the Citadelle are Canadian; many have received honours awarded by the governor general. Fine examples of 20th- and 21st-century works of art, including several Inuit sculptures, are displayed in the State rooms. They complement the modern character of the architecture, while contrasting with the antique furniture. Together, they create a space that blends the old with the new and that reflects Canada’s heritage and diverse artistic achievements.
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for the inventory, preservation and display of the collections at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec. Through the years, PSPC has acquired many pieces of furniture and works of art, such as Jean-Paul Riopelle’s Les 24 heures de l’Isle-aux-Oyes, donated by the artist and now exhibited in the Frontenac Dining Room.
The Canadiana Fund
New acquisitions mostly come from donations made through the Canadiana Fund. The Canadiana Fund was established in 1990 by the National Capital Commission in Ottawa to enhance the State rooms of Canada’s official residences through donations of the finest examples of Canadian furniture and works of art. The Grant de Longueuil Epergne, displayed in the Salon Champlain, is a fine example of a historic artifact acquired by the Canadiana Fund.
To broaden the range of works represented, works of art on loan from other public institutions are sometimes added to the displays. For instance, the painting The Quebec Conference (1943), by Hubert Rogers—currently featured in the Main Entrance—is on loan from the Canadian War Museum. Also, several works of art and pieces of furniture are on loan from the Crown Collection for Canada’s Official Residences, managed by the National Capital Commission in Ottawa.