53rd Annual Delaware Antiques Show

November 11-13, 2016

Opening Night Party Thursday, November 10, 5-9 pm

Friday: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm (Keynote Lecture at 10:00 am);

Saturday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm;

Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Chase Center on the Waterfront, 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, DE

Winterthur Museum's Director of Leadership Gifts Jennifer Mackey and Development Director Bob Davis enjoy the Opening Night Party at the 52nd Annual Delaware Antiques Show at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. Courtesy of Winterthur and Ben Fournier.

One of the most highly acclaimed, widely anticipated, and enthusiastically attended antiques shows in the nation returns for its 53rd year this week – it is, of course, the Delaware Antiques Show, presented by the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Over the course of three days, the finest offerings from more than 60 distinguished dealers will be featured, representing the absolute best of American antiques and decorative arts. Delaware Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell will serve as show co-chairs.

Step-Back cupboard with original paint from Lancaster County PA, circa 1840. Original grained paint and smoke decoration on the two six-pane glass doors, and the original cream paint on the interior. H: 87.5”; W: 55”; D: 18”. Courtesy of Winterthur and Kelly Kinzle Antiques.

This year’s keynote speaker and honorary co-chair is Dr. Reinier Baarsen, the renowned senior curator of furniture at the acclaimed Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Dr. Baarsen will speak about “Amsterdam Splendor: European Decorative Arts in the New Rijksmuseum,” a lecture that will take place Friday, November 11 at 10:00 am. Founded in 1800, the Rijksmuseum houses one of the most important international collections of furniture in the world. After undergoing an extensive renovation lasting almost an entire decade, the museum reopened to the public in 2013, which coincided with Dr. Baarsen's publication Paris, 1650-1900: Decorative Arts in the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum was awarded the prestigious Museum of the Year Award in 2015 by the European Museum Forum.

George III Antique Sterling Silver 7-Basket Epergne, Robert Hennell, London, 1787/88. Courtesy of Winterthur and Spencer Marks, Ltd.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Deputy Chief Curator Margaret Beck Pritchard, an honorary co-chair, will deliver the Featured Lecture on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm. One of the nation's leading experts on maps, Ms. Pritchard will discuss "More than Meets the Eye: What Maps of Early America Reveal." The show will also offer two lectures on Saturday on the topics of furniture and needlework. The exhibit A Photographic Exploration of Winterthur as Seen Through the Lens of Natale Caccamo will be on view for the duration of the Show.


Courtesy of Winterthur and Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc.

Both new and returning dealers will be exhibiting at this year's show, including Lillian Nassau, Sumpter Priddy III, David A. Schorsch – Eileen M. Smiles American Antiques, Schwarz Gallery, Spencer Marks, Ltd., Gary R. Sullivan Antiques, Inc., Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, M. Finkel & Daughter, Joe Kindig Antiques, Kelly Kinzle Antiques, Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., Mark & Marjorie Allen, Arader Galleries, Philip H. Bradley Co., Marcy Burns American Indian Arts, LLC, HL Chalfant Fine Art and Antiques, Dixon-Hall Fine Art, Christopher H. Jones, Stephen and Carol Huber, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, Oriental Rugs Ltd., The Philadelphia Print Shop, Elle Shushan, Leatherwood Antiques, and many more. This year, Peter H. Eaton Antiques and Joan R. Brownstein American Folk Paintings will return.

Courtesy of Winterthur and Dixon-Hall Fine Art.

The Delaware Antiques Show will be open all weekend, kicking off with an Opening Night Party, where guests will have exclusive early shopping access on Thursday evening, from 5-9 pm.

Thomas Jayne, keynote and honorary co-chair of last year's 52nd Annual Delaware Antiques Show and show co-chair and executive committee member Kris Walker enjoy lighthearted banter at the 2015 opening night party. Courtesy of Winterthur, photo by Ben Fournier.

General admission to the Delaware Antiques Show is $15 per person, $13 for Winterthur members; children under 12 can attend for free. Tickets are valid for all three days of the show so you won’t have to miss a moment! The Delaware Antiques Show will benefit educational programming at Winterthur. To learn more about the show or to purchase tickets online, visit winterthur.org/das.