• WINTERTHUR, Delaware
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  • October 27, 2011

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Courtesy, Winterthur Museum, Delaware Antique Show 2010, Jim Schneck.
Courtesy, Winterthur Museum, Delaware Antique Show 2010, Jim Schneck.
TV Host and Lifestyle Guru P. Allen Smith will appear at the 48th Annual Delaware Antiques Show in Wilmington, Delaware, November 4 - 6. Photo: Donna Evans.

Join us for a weekend of antiques in autumn at Winterthur’s 48th Annual Delaware Antiques Show, November 4–6, with nationally acclaimed TV host and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith, this year’s honorary show chair. Dubbed the “Martha Stewart of the South” by The New York Times, Smith is a renowned garden and lifestyle designer, NBC “Today” show contributor, and host of the television series “P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home.”

Smith will kick off the weekend in Wilmington, DE, with the opening lecture on Friday, November 4, at 10:00 am on the importance of antiques to his sense of design. His theme complements this year’s focus on the intersection of garden design, collecting, and the decorative arts.

One of the most acclaimed and anticipated events of the year, the Delaware Antiques Show is for seasoned antiques connoisseurs and novice collectors alike. It will feature more than 60 of the country’s most distinguished dealers presenting the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more. Proceeds from the show benefit educational programming at Winterthur.

Look forward to lectures by antiques experts, a special exhibition, and other exciting show features. Join Smith at the Opening Night Party on Thursday, November 3, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. All Opening Night Party attendees will receive a copy of Timeless: Masterpiece American Brass Dial Clocks, a beautifully illustrated volume cataloguing 100 of the finest American clocks from the period 1720–85, compliments of author and Winterthur Trustee Frank L. Hohmann III with essays by Kirtland H. Crump, Donald L. Fennimore, Morrison H. Heckscher, Martha H. Willoughby, and David F. Wood. Tickets to the Opening Night Party are $225/Sponsor ($100 is tax deductible), $175/Patron ($50 is tax deductible) and $125/Young Collector.

Delaware Antiques Show hours are Friday, November 4, 11:00 am–8:00 pm; Saturday, November 5, 11:00 am–6:00 pm; and Sunday, November 6, 11:00 am–5:00 pm. General admission is $15 per person, with children under 12 free. For Winterthur members, admission is $13.

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Featured Events:Opening Night Party
Thursday, November 3, 2011
6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Join Honorary Show Chair P. Allen Smith in celebrating the opening of the show at a reception featuring cocktails, live music, and exclusive early shopping! Meet and mingle with committee members, fellow collectors, and more than 60 exceptional dealers. Tickets range from $125 to $225 per person. Visit

Saturday, November 5, 2:00 pm
The Sophisticated Garden: Furnishing the Outdoors in the 1920s and ‘30s
By Maggie Lidz,Winterthur Estate Historian and Curator of Estate and Garden Objects

Sunday, November 6, 2:00 pm
The Flowering of Pennsylvania German Art and Gardens
By Lisa Minardi, Assistant Curator of Furniture for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Furniture Project

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