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August 24, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg’s 63rd Annual Antiques Forum Explores Decorative Arts Forensics

In the world of art and antiques, everything depends upon history and integrity. Who really made the object and where? What is its condition? Has it been altered? Is it the real McCoy? Colonial Williamsburg’s 63rd Annual Antiques Forum presents Decorative Arts Forensics: How We Know What We Know on Feb. 20-24 that focuses on the advances in techniques for historical research and scientific investigation that have opened new avenues of verification for curators, collectors and scholars in recent years.

Noted antique dealer and auctioneer Leigh Keno will be one of the widely recognized authorities to speak at the 2011 Antiques Forum. More than 20 curators, collectors, conservators and historians will present recent findings in a series of fully illustrated lectures and video-assisted workshops. Additional speakers include Robert Hunter, editor of “Ceramics in America,” and Lynne Dakin Hastings, vice president for museum programs at James Madison’s Montpelier.

In addition to the formal program, Forum guests may register for optional hands-on workshops with the Colonial Williamsburg collections and private tours of historic homes in the region.

Advance registration and payment in full for the 2011 Antiques Forum is required. Registration for the entire four-day Forum is $600. For more information, telephone toll-free 1-800-603-0948, visit or e-mail

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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