Baltimore Summer Show announces lecture line-up

BALTIMORE —The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, recognized as the largest indoor summer antiques show in the nation, is pleased to announce the 2009 lecture series programming at the 29th annual event, taking place Labor Day Weekend, Sep. 3-6, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

In addition to viewing and purchasing from the extensive collections of over 550 international exhibitors, and a 70 dealer Antiquarian Book Fair, art, jewelry and antique aficionados will have the opportunity to attend lectures on a variety of genres presented by an all-star line-up of knowledgeable and respected speakers. A sample of lecture topics includes: “Eureka! The Archimedes Palimpsest” with Dr. William Noel of the Walters Art Museum, “The Golden Age of Glass making in China” with François Lorin of Asiantiques and “A Celebration of American Naval History” with Louis J. Dianni of Antique Marine Art.

“It has always been our goal to provide an environment that fosters the understanding and appreciation of antiques in addition to offering an enormous selection of high-quality items,” said Kris Charamonde managing partner and co-owner of the Palm Beach Show Group.  “We believe the lecture series enhances the total show experience and is well received by our guests each year.”

 The lecture series is free and open to the public.   Individual lectures take place twice daily at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and run Thursday, September 3 through Sunday, September 6. Series topics include:

Thursday, Sept. 3

3:00 p.m. “Eureka! The Archimedes Palimpsest” with Dr. William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum.
This lecture re-counts the amazing story of the discovery of the earliest known text of works by the ancient Greek Mathematician, Archimedes, and the recent project to conserve, image and publish the manuscript.

Friday, Sept. 4

1:00 p.m. “American Beauty: Treasuring and Collecting Folk Art in America” with Beverly L. Norwood of The Norwoods’ Spirit of America
Americana expert, Bev Norwood, will trace the captivating chronicle of American folk art from the colonial quest for independence to the centennial of a new nation.

3:00 p.m. “Dining in Style with Georg Jensen Silver” with Janet Drucker of Drucker Antiques
The lecture will feature the various patterns still in production and those rare patterns no longer produced with images exemplifying beautiful serving pieces in unique designs.

Saturday, Sept. 5

 1:00 p.m. “18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts Treasures: Telling the Whole Story at Mount Clare Museum House” with Alice Davis Donahue of Mount Clare Museum House
The wealthy Marylander, Charles Carroll, Barrister built his country home, Mount Clare, in what is now Baltimore City in the 1760s. This lecture highlights and compares Carroll family pieces and showcases some of the remarkable treasures of Mount Clare.

3:00 p.m. “Meissen: 300 Years of Exceptional Porcelain” with Mimi Levine of Mimi & Steve Levine Antiques
 For 300 years the Royal Porcelain Manufactory at Meissen, the first Western porcelain factory, has produced porcelain tableware and decorative items.  The factory is recognized worldwide for the quality of their craftsmanship and the beauty of their wares.  This lecture provides an overview of the wares of Meissen and their place in the history of porcelain.

Sunday, Sept. 6

1:00 p.m. “The Golden Age of Glass making in China” with François Lorin of Asiantiques
This lecture traces the cultural influences of glass making throughout the 17th century. Glass makers reverted to native traditions and launched the Golden Age of Glass making that lasted to the end of the 18th century.

3:00 p.m. “A Celebration of Naval History” with Louis J. Dianni of Antique Marine Art 
This lecture uses antique and vintage Naval items including paintings, prints and artifacts of the 18th through mid-twentieth centuries to illustrate the importance of Naval ships and personnel.