Sunday, January 4, 2009

Fifty-fourth Washington Antiques Show

This is always a great charity event and a chance to see and perhaps purchase some outstanding pieces. I will be there opening night to take some pictures and report on the evening.

I do think the opportunity for appraisals from the experts on January 10th might be worth your while. Some words from their latest press release.

The fifty-fourth Washington Antiques Show, one of the premier and longest running decorative arts shows in the country, will be held from January 8 through January 11, 2009, at American University's Katzen Arts Center. The show will feature forty-four dealers from the United States and Europe offering a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, architectural elements and garden accouterments. The show itself
will be accompanied by a variety of special events designed to appeal to both new and seasoned collectors, including preview night festivities, a coffee, a luncheon, an evening for new collectors,and lectures. A loan exhibition in the form of a very special Red Room designed by Barry Dixon of Warrenton, Virginia, will also be available, as will appraisal opportunities, described below.

The theme of this year's show is Art and Antiques in Red, and its Honorary Chairs are His Excellency Sheikh Salem Al-Sabah, Ambassador of Kuwait, and Mrs. Salem Al-Sabah. The show and its events will all benefit the Thrift Shop Charities, a 501(c) (3) organization incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1930. All net proceeds are passed directly through the Thrift Shop Charities to four charitable, all-volunteer boards: The Board of Visitors and The Child Health Center Board, benefiting the Children's National Medical Center of Children's Hospital; The Ladies' Board of The House of Mercy, benefiting the Rosemount Center; and The Founders Board of St. John's Community Services, benefiting St. John's Community Services, Inc.

On Saturday, January 10, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., ten dealers will be on hand to offer verbal
appraisals and insights as to the history and background of any treasures visitors would like to bring in. Dealers will offer particular expertise in antique objects crafted of silver; antique maps and prints; nineteenth and twentieth century American and European fine art; Chinese and Japanese ceramics, textiles, paintings, jades, and sculptures; antiquarian books; American decorative arts, ceramics, portrait miniatures and folk art; English and European porcelain and pottery; antique toys and banks; and antique jewelry. If items are large or unwieldy, photos may be brought instead. Cost is $10 per item, and complementary parking is available in the Katzen Center. No reservations are required.
The following dealers will be participating in the appraisals event:

Donald Cresswell - The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd
16th-20th C antique prints & maps, natural history & historical Americana
Philadelphia, PA

Joel Fletcher - Fletcher/Copenhaver Fine Art
19th & 20th C American & European fine art
Fredericksburg, VA

Edith Frankel - E & J Frankel, Ltd.
Chinese and Japanese ceramics, textiles, paintings, jades, sculpture, & Chinese jewelry
New York, NY

William Hutchison - William Hutchison, Inc.
Rare & used antiquarian books
Mendenhall, PA

Robert Lloyd - Robert Lloyd, Inc.
16th to 19th C. silver and objects
New York, NY

Thomas Schwenke - Thomas Schwenke, Inc.
American furniture, American decorative and fine art, antique jewelry
Woodbury, CT

Paul Vandekar - Earle D.Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.
Ceramics and porcelain miniatures; Chinese export, English and European porcelain and pottery
Ossining, NY

Barry Weber - Edith Weber Antique Jewelry
Antique & period jewelry
New York, NY

Leon Weiss - Gemini Antiques
Antique toys, banks, & American folk art
Oldwick, NJ

Richard Worth - R.M. Worth Antiques, Inc.
18th and 19th C. American furniture, related period accessories and fine arts
Chadds Ford, PA

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