Delaware Antiques Show

  • Start: 2023-11-09 5:00 pm
  • End: 2023-11-12 5:00 pm

Join us Thursday, November 9th for the Opening Night Party.  The Antiques Show runs from Friday, November 10th through Sunday, November 12th,  2023.  The hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, November 9th – 5:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Friday, November 10th – 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday, November 11th – 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday, November 12th – 12noon – 5pm

Show admission – Good for all (3) days:

  • $25.00 per person
  • $20.00 Winterthur Members

Show Highlights:
Keynote Lecture – Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am, The New Antiquarians and the Future of Connoisseurship by Michael Diaz-Griffith

The antiques world is bursting open thanks to a new generation of collectors who are beginning to revitalize the field. Michael Diaz-Griffith, author of The New Antiquarians: At Home with Young Collectors (Phaidon/The Monacelli Press, 2023), discusses this reawakened interest in antiques, considering unorthodox new approaches to looking at—and living with—the material culture of the past. Spanning the spectrum from minimalist to maximalist, the young collectors he chronicles embrace irreverent modes of collecting and decorating with vintage and historic objects that echo the way we consume visual material today: brazenly blending the old with the new, embracing anachronism and pastiche, deploying serious knowledge with wit and humor, and considering old things through the lens of contemporary values. Michael Diaz-Griffith is an art historian, designer, and executive director of the Design Leadership Network. Prior to joining the DLN, Diaz-Griffith served as executive director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation and as associate executive director of The Winter Show, America’s most prestigious and longest-running art and antiques fair. The New Antiquarians: At Home with Young Collectors is his first book. Book signing to follow lecture.

Friday, November 10, 2:00 pm, Americana Insights: Fresh Perspectives and New Discoveries
by Lisa Minardi and David Schorsch
As we navigate an increasingly fast-paced and digital world, the debut of Americana Insights at the Delaware Antiques Show serves as a poignant reminder of the beauty of the tangible and the enduring allure of folk art and Americana. It is a testament to the timelessness of American craftsmanship. Join Americana Insights editor Lisa Minardi, a distinguished curator and scholar of Pennsylvania German art and culture, to explore highlights from this inaugural annual publication. Gain an appreciation for the delicate artistry of cutworks made by an incarcerated inmate in Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, delve into the meaning of painted tavern signs and jewelry in folk portraiture, discover the genius of New Jersey schoolmaster and calligrapher Thomas Earl, and witness the beauty and significance of signature quilts from the nineteenth century. Guests will also get a sneak peek at topics lined up for 2024 as Americana Insights continues to seek new, original research on aspects of traditional American folk art and Americana created from the Colonial era to the early twentieth century. The significance of each object, the artists who crafted them and the cultural contexts that breathed life into these creations unfold in Americana Insights’ scholarly essays and lavish imagery. It is a treasure trove of inspiration for architects, designers, collectors, and anyone passionate about the arts.

Book signing to follow lecture.

Saturday, November 11, 3:00 pm, sponsored by The Decorative Arts Trust
Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Presents Young Scholars, Lois F. McNeil Fellows
Each year the Delaware Antiques Show showcases research of current and/or recent students from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. The University of Delaware and Winterthur established this graduate program in 1952 to promote the interdisciplinary study of American decorative arts and material culture.
This year’s speakers are: The Last Tall Clock in America? A Winterthur Tall Clock and Time Telling in Nineteenth-Century America by Becca Lo Presti, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur Empire on a Plate: Imperial Rivalry and Cartographic Knowledge in Overton’s Trading Part of the West Indies (1741) by Taylor Rossini, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur

Sunday, November 12, 2:00 pm, A Storied Past: Collections of Historic Odessa by Philip D. Zimmerman
Philip D. Zimmerman, author of A Storied Past: Collections of Historic Odessa (Rowman & Littlefield, 2023), will present this eponymous lecture on the recent and on-going research and interpretations of the furnishings and other decorative arts at Historic Odessa in southern New Castle County, Delaware. Zimmerman will discuss new findings and interpretations as well as the interlocking histories of many of the objects in this remarkable collection. A museum and decorative arts consultant based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Philip D. Zimmerman is a prolific author, teacher, and lecturer. He is a nationally recognized authority on early American furniture. Publications include Harmony in Wood: Furniture of the Harmony Society, Delaware Clocks, American Federal Furniture and Decorative Arts from the Watson Collection, and numerous essays and articles in books and periodicals such as American Furniture and The Magazine Antiques. He holds a doctorate in American and New England Studies from Boston University and a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture / University of Delaware.

Book signing to follow lecture.
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