Hunt for Treasures in Chadds Ford This Weekend

See what the Brandywine River Museum of Art has in store from May 27-29.


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At the 46th Antiques Show on May 27–29, visitors to the Brandywine River Museum of Art will enjoy a wealth of American country and formal furniture, decorative arts, folk art, needlework, Chinese export porcelain, glass, jewelry, rugs, clock cases and much more.

Hailing from 11 states, 27 of the country’s finest antiques dealers will offer extraordinary antiques and treasures. New to the show this year are Dover House Antiques from Louisville, Kentucky; Federalist Antiques from Kenilworth, Illinois; Hilary and Paulette Nolan from Falmouth, Massachusetts; Olson Antiques from Newburgh, New York; Harley N. Trice from Pittsburgh; and White & White from Skaneateles, New York.

Antiques Show admission also includes entry to the museum and galleries filled with work by three generations of the Wyeth family—N.C., Andrew, and Jamie—along with American landscape paintings. These include luminous works by Hudson River School painters and vivid compositions by American Impressionist artists. Proceeds from the Antiques Show benefit the Museum Volunteers' Purchase Fund, and Art and Education Programming. This year's exhibition is “Sipped and Savored: The Art of Chocolate,” drawn from the collection of Wilbur Chocolate, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, and showcasing the art of consuming chocolate in its many forms. The exhibition is on view May 6 through May 29.

During the Preview Party on May 26, enjoy a vast array of passed hors d’oeuvres—along with many other culinary stations prepared and presented by Blanch & Shock, the Museum’s on-site caterers—throughout the museum. Tickets ($125) include valet parking, open bar, music and abundant hors d'oeuvres and dessert. Begin Saturday with breakfast and a lecture at 9 a.m. Amanda C. Burdan, Brandywine’s associate curator, along with Allison Schell, program and development manager at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, will offer a demonstration of the preparation of chocolate from bean to bar, followed by a tour of the decorative arts exhibition. On Sunday and Monday, four different talks by dealers in the antiques show will happen on the show floor at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., with topics ranging from ceramics, weather vanes and samplers to folk art, pottery, rugs and more. See one or all of these talks by dealers who know their wares.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art is on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pa. For more, call (610) 388.2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.

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