54th Washington Antiques Show

Show dates: Jan. 8-11, 2009
Show location: Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.,  Washington, DC

The 54th Washington Antiques Show, one of the premier and longest running decorative arts shows in the country, will be held from Jan. 8-11, 2009, at the Katzen Arts Center at American University. The event, which benefits children and families though the Thrift Shop Charities, will feature 44 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 lectures, appraisal opportunities, and a loan exhibition in the form of a very special Red Room designed by Barry Dixon of Warrenton, Virginia.

 The theme of this year’s show is Art and Antiques in Red, and its honorary chairs are His Excellency Sheikh Al-Sabah, Ambassador of Kuwait, and Mrs. Salem Al-Sabah.


 SPONSORS’ VIP RECEPTION, Wednesday Jan. 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sponsors and benefactors will be the first to preview the show and Barry Dixon’s Red Room. They will have the opportunity to chat with dealers and enjoy an intimate reception before attending the Preview Night Party. The VIP Reception admission includes complimentary admission to the Preview Night Party, unlimited admission to the show, and complimentary parking for the evening of Jan. 7. Cost is $500 per person ($375 tax deductible) and advance reservations are required.

 PREVIEW NIGHT PARTY, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Preview Night Party guests will join His Excellency Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Sabah and Mrs. Salem Al-Sabah in perusing the show and enjoying the lavishly decorated and architecturally fascinating venue, while enjoying complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and an elegant catered buffet dinner. Preview Night admission includes unlimited admission to the show and complimentary parking for the evening of Jan. 7. Cost is $250 per person ($125 tax deductible). Advance reservations are required.

 COFFEE AND LECTURE: A Sterling Celebration with Sylvia Weinstock’s Sensational Cakes, Thursday, Jan. 8, 9:30 a.m.-Noon. Weinstock, New York’s reigning “Queen of Cakes,” will present her new book, Sylvia Weinstock’s Sensational Cakes, and an insider’s view of the fabulous fetes at which her cakes have been featured and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of her masterpieces. Books will be available for purchase, and Weinstock will be on hand after the coffee to sign them. Cost is $45 per person for general admission (open seating) to the presentation and coffee at 10:00 a.m.; $100 per person for admission to the 9:30 a.m. VIP reception, as well as reserved seating at the presentation and coffee. Event tickets include one-day admission to the show. Advance reservations are required; seating is very limited.

New York designer Jamie Drake says “there is nothing more exciting than incorporating bold, vibrant colors with a striking mix of genres and periods to create lively, magical spaces that inhabit memories and enrich lives.” In keeping with his flair for brilliant color, which is a perfect complement to this year’s Antiques Show’s theme, he will present a slide talk entitled “Design Creativity in Red,” followed by a catered luncheon and a fashion show. Cost is $100 per person ($50 tax deductible). Event tickets include one-day admission to the show. Advance reservations are required; space is limited.

ANTIQUES APPRAISAL, Saturday, Jan. 10, 9:-11 a.m. This is the Washington Antiques Show’s answer to the Antiques Road Show. Ten dealers will offer verbal appraisals. Dealers will offer expertise in silver antiques; antique maps and prints; 19th and 20th 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. No reservations are required.

 NEW COLLECTORS’ EVENING: SIPPING AROUND THE WORLD, Saturday, Jan. 10, 6-8 p.m. Learn about antiques and chat with other collectors while enjoying a festive tasting of fine wines from around the world and a catered reception. Cost is $75 per person. Event tickets include admission to the show on Sunday, Jan. 11. Advance reservations are required.

 LOAN EXHIBITION: RED ROOM BY BARRY DIXON, will be on view throughout the duration of the show, Thursday, Jan. 8-Sunday, Jan. 11. According to Barry Dixon. This year’s loan exhibition will feature a Red Room designed by Dixon.

A complete list  of participating dealers can be found at www.washingtonantiques.org/exhibitors.cfm.

 The Washington Antiques Show is the major annual fund raising event of the Thrift Shop Charities. All net proceeds of the show are passed directly through the Thrift Shop Charities to four charitable, all-volunteer boards. Complete information on these charities can be found at www.washingtonantiques.org/charities.cfm.

 A complete list of sponsors can be found at www.washingtonantiques.org/sponsors.cfm.
 For more information on the show and events, 202-388-9560, visit www.washingtonantiques.org or email info@washingtonantiques.org
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