A Spring Tradition:The Chester County Antiques Show

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Rob Lukens, Ph.D.
Chester County Women's Journal
Release Date: 
March 1, 2013

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AMIDST THE BUZZ of spring events, festivals and fundraisers, one event stands out as unique in Chester County. The 31st annual Chester County Antiques Show, presented by PECO for the seventh consecutive year, delights more than 2,000 visitors and collectors every year and draws 50 exceptional dealers from throughout the country to exhibit 18th and 19th century American and continental antiques.

The show, chaired by Sarah and Allen Burke, will be held April 5 – 7, 2013, at the Phelps School, which features accessibility, spaciousness and natural light that will create the perfect setting for dealers and their fine quality offerings. Upon arriving, a façade adorned with lush plant life, courtesy of Main Line Gardens, will welcome visitors. Inside, guests can become immersed in a veritable village of exquisite antiques where astounding pieces are for sale: finely crafted furniture, priceless silver pieces, inspiring early American art, rare books and more. The theme of this year’s show is "Architectural Elements in Furniture," exploring ways architectural elements and theories intersect with the treasured decorative arts from our past.

There’s something for everyone at the Chester County Antiques Show. Highlights include:

• Antique dealers with knowledge on subjects ranging from rare textiles to clocks.

• A scavenger hunt and other interactive and educational activities for kids and families.

• A "shop of the show" carrying books, crafts and other items from CCHS’s gift shop collection.

• Lectures—Brock Jobe, professor of American Decorative Arts at Winterthur Museum, and John Milner, fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

•Opening preview party is on Friday, April 5, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., chaired by CCHS volunteer Barbara Spellman and catered by Jimmy Duffy’s Catering.

• Cocktails and Raw Bar at the preview party by the Dave Magrogan Group/Kildare’s/ Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House/ Harvest Seasonal Grill.

A Perfect Fit:

Up the gracious staircase and just past the entrance of the Chester County Historical Society, it’s easy to see the connection between the CCHS galleries in West Chester and the Antiques Show at the Phelps School. CCHS’s exquisite fine and decorative arts collections are considered among the best of any county historical society. The show benefits CCHS’s hands-on educational programs, ranging from traditional field trips to outreach programs and the regional National History Day competition.

CCHS welcomes you to visit this one-of a-kind experience April 5 – 7, 2013, at the Phelps School in Malvern.