39th annual Historic Annapolis Antiques Show to highlight China’s influence on furnishings and art

In the mid-1700s, the influence of exotic art and architecture of China was sweeping through Britain and France. At the same time, the colonists living in the bustling seaport of Annapolis, Md., were less worried about furniture and art than they were in making preparations for a far different type of declaration.

Two-and-a-half centuries later, from Jan. 16-18, 2009, the legacies of historic Annapolis, Europe and China will reign as the Historic Annapolis Antiques Show showcases China’s influence on furniture and art. The annual show benefits the Historic Annapolis Foundation. Now in its 39th year, the show will be held at the Medford National Guard Armory, 18 Willow St., in Annapolis.

Produced by Bob James of Washington, D.C., the show brings together 32 dealers from around the country and Europe.

“This year, with the excitement generated from the recent Olympic games, there’s again a renewed interest in Chinese culture and history,” James said. “Pagodas, dragons, flowers and birds adapted from Chinese culture were often reflected in works produced by European and American furniture makers, craftspeople and artists, as well as in the houses of royalty and famed English gardens.”

The theme and the atmosphere of the show will appeal to today’s homeowners. Historic Annapolis Foundation vice president of advancement Carrie Kiewitt described the show as one that’s bringing out the inner designer and lover of fine furnishings in everyone, regardless of age. “This show offers something to treasure in a wide range of prices – from items priced in the $100s to the very valuable pieces that will command tens of thousands. It’s a show that offers something for everyone – whether you’re looking to make your first high-quality purchase or an addition to a collection you’ve been building for years.”

The Historic Annapolis Antiques Show’s hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and from Noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 at the door or $12 when purchased online at www.annapolis.org or www.ArmacostAntiquesShows.com.

For a list of participating dealers and information on the Historic Annapolis Foundation’s show preview party the evening of Jan. 15, visit www.annapolis.org.

All proceeds from the preview event will benefit the foundation’s efforts to preserve and restore historic buildings in Annapolis and help fund its sponsorship of educational and cultural events celebrating the city’s rich colonial heritage.

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