January 10, 2011
64th Annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum Explores New Discoveries in American Decorative Arts Feb. 19-23
The 64th annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum offers the very latest in new discoveries by experts and scholars in a series of fully illustrated lectures and video-assisted workshops Feb. 19-23.
“‘Freshest Advices:’ Recent Discoveries in American Decorative Arts” features noted presenters including Winterthur senior curator of furniture Wendy Cooper, Old Salem vice president and chief curator Robert Leath, and more than 20 other curators, historians, scholars, authors, collectors and dealers.
Other presenters include: J. Thomas Savage, director of museum affairs at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; Sally Gant, director of programs for the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts; Johanna M. Brown, director of collections and curator at Old Salem Museums and Gardens; Elizabeth Davison, independent scholar; June Lucas, director of research at Old Salem Museums and Gardens; Mark Hewitt, potter and ceramics historian; Lisa Minardi, assistant curator of furniture at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; Dr. Tricia Wilson Nguyen, owner of Thistle Threads; collectors John and Judy Herdeg; Cybèle Gontar of Sotheby’s Institute of Art; Beverly (Bly) A. Straube, senior archaeological curator for the Jamestown Rediscovery Project; John Nye, president of Nye and Company Auctioneers/Appraisers; and Robert Sackville-West (the 7th Lord Sackville) of Knole, Sevenoaks, Kent, England.
Colonial Williamsburg collections professionals also contribute their expertise with their presentations:
Following the formal sessions of the 2012 Antiques Forum, Colonial Williamsburg conducts six optional workshops for participants Friday, Feb. 24:
The Antiques Forum program also offers four optional one-day bus tours Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19:
Saturday, Feb. 18—
Sunday, Feb. 19 —
London furniture historian and author Lucy M. Wood presents the Gracia and Horatio Whitridge Distinguished Scholar Lecture, “Getting Inside a Chairmaker’s Mind: An Exploration of 18th-century London Practice,” in the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The lecture is open to the public.
Advance registration and payment in full for the 2012 Antiques Forum is required. Registration of $600 includes admission to program presentations, an opening reception, daily continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and afternoon refreshments, a closing reception and dinner, and a Colonial Williamsburg admission pass valid for the duration of the Antiques Forum. Optional programs and tours incur additional fees. Special lodging rates are available for Antiques Forum attendees. For more information, telephone toll-free 1-800-603-0948 or visit the website www.history.org/conted.
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. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg 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 www.history.org.