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Antiques forum to study natural beauty in decorative arts

"It's Only Natural," is the theme of this year's New Orleans Antiques Forum, scheduled for July 30 through Aug. 2. This is the eighth annual forum.

NEW ORLEANS — The eighth annual New Orleans Antiques Forum is taking place Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 2, in the French Quarter. One of the premier decorative arts events in the country, the four-day program includes lively talks and discussions with local and national experts and optional activities. Registration for the event is now open.


This year’s forum, “It’s Only Natural,” will shine a light on the boundless influence of nature in the decorative arts. From the acanthus-leaf ornamentation of neoclassical architecture to the gilded flora decorating fine-art frames. For the first time, this year’s forum is being presented in conjunction with an exhibition of same name, on view July 29–November 28 at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans.

Participants are also invited to register for the optional preconference day trip, Thursday, July 30, to three landmarks in Franklin and Jeanerette, Louisiana, with Eugene D. Cizek and William M. Hyland as guides.

Additional optional activities include tours of the Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams

Early drawing of St. Anthony Gardens

Early drawing of St. Anthony Garden

Residence and St. Anthony’s Garden (adjacent to St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square), as well as a Sunday jazz brunch at New Orleans’s iconic Antoine’s Restaurant, now celebrating its 175th anniversary. Separate registration is required for the optional activities.

Tom Savage, director of museum affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library in Delaware, is returning as the forum’s moderator.

Registration for this event is required. Rates start at $100. For a detailed event schedule or to register, visit or call 504-523-4662. The 2015 New Orleans Antiques Forum is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection with support from Neal Auction Company and additional supporters.