57th Philadelphia Antiques Show Showcases Art of Silver

A special loan exhibit, “The Art of Silver,” will showcase American masterpieces from the exceptional collection of American decorative arts of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including the monumental “Maxwell Vase” made in 1829 by Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Fletcher. Thomas Fletcher Vase with Stand 1829 Silver 24 3/16 x 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 16 1/8 inches Purchased with funds from the bequest of Lynford Lardner Starr, 2010

Anticipation is building for the 57th Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show, which will be held from Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019, at The Navy Yard, with a Preview Party on Thursday, April 25, and a jazz night on Saturday, April 27.

A special loan exhibit, The Art of Silver, will showcase American masterpieces from the exceptional collection of American decorative arts of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Organized by Alexandra Kirtley, The Montgomery-Garvan Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Museum, the selection of objects will range from the monumental Maxwell Vase made in 1829 by Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Fletcher to whimsical and elegant modern expressions.

In a special event focused on this subject, Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will hold a conversation with Beatrice B. Garvan, Curator Emerita of American Decorative Arts, and David L. Barquist, The H. Richard Dietrich Jr. Curator of American Decorative Arts, co-authors of the newly released book, American Silver in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Volume I, Makers A-F.

“The Philadelphia Museum of Art is honored to be a beneficiary of the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show for the second year,” says Rub. “We have high hopes for making this show a place where the past and the present come into dialogue together in exciting ways as visitors explore over nearly four centuries of American art and design.”

“This year’s show will highlight a wide variety of furniture, paintings, jewelry, silver, textiles, porcelain, and more—from the period of the early colonial period to the present day,” says Anne Hamilton, the 2019 Honorary Chair of the show.

With more than 60 dealers participating from across the United States, a full schedule of special programs is planned, including social events, lectures, panel discussions and tours.

The Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show is open to the public:

Friday, April 26 – 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 27 – 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 28 – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

General admission is $20/person online or at the door and includes access to the regular programming, with discounts available for PMA members, seniors, and groups.

For more information as well as tickets for lectures and tours, visit www.paas2019.com.

The Preview Party will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Tickets are $300 ($150 tax deductible), or $150 for young collectors (under 45). A 5:00 p.m. entrance ticket is $600 ($450 tax deductible).

Tickets to the “Hot Jazz, Cool Drinks” event, 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, are $50.

Photo: A special loan exhibit, “The Art of Silver,” will showcase American masterpieces from the exceptional collection of American decorative arts of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, including the monumental “Maxwell Vase” made in 1829 by Philadelphia silversmith Thomas Fletcher.
Thomas Fletcher
Vase with Stand
1829
Silver
24 3/16 x 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 x 16 1/8 inches 
Purchased with funds from the bequest of Lynford Lardner Starr, 2010

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