Delaware Antiques Show set for Nov. 9-11

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Delaware Antiques Show will be held Nov. 9-11 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. More than 60 dealers will offer American antiques, furniture, paintings, rugs, porcelain, silver, Arts & Crafts objects, jewelry and other decorative arts. The show, presented by the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos., benefits educational programs at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

williams.jpgDesigner Bunny Williams serves as the honorary chair of this year’s show and will deliver the keynote lecture on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. The show will also feature a star-spangled loan exhibition of historic American parade flags.

Bunny Williams
Photo by Denis Reggie

Williams’ lecture will look at “Three Decades of Decorating Elegant and Comfortable Houses,” based on her new book. Her presentation is included in the cost of admission. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The flag exhibition features selections from the Pierce collection of American parade flags, dating from 1822 to 1945. It celebrates the creativity of the anonymous makers of the small flags created for waving at parades, holiday events and political rallies. Richard Pierce, flag.jpgwho has collected more than 200 flags, will be on hand to provide his perspective on the exhibition in a lecture set for Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.

Flag photo by Michael Fredericks

Donald L. Fennimore, curator emeritus, and Ann K. Wagner, assistant curator for decorative arts at Winterthur, will deliver a joint lecture highlighting the work of the noted Philadelphia silversmith firm of Fletcher & Gardiner, based on their book, Silversmiths to the Nation: Thomas Fletcher and Sidney Gardiner, 1808-1842. The book is the first scholarly consideration of the firm and will be available for sale during a special book signing following the lecture.

A preview party takes place Nov. 8 from 6:30-9 p.m., offering early shopping opportunities. Sponsor tickets (admission at 5:30 p.m.) are available for $200 per person; patron tickets are $175 per person. Preview party tickets also provide admission for the duration of the show.

Delaware Antiques Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov.10; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11. General admission is $15 per person ($13 for Winterthur members) and includes a show guide, and parking. For more information, call 800-448-3883 or visit