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Fine antiques on the Brandywine this weekend

05/22/2018 10:34AM ● By J. Chambless

The Friday evening Preview Party is a chance to get a first look at the dealer booths.

You can shop for the finest antiques this weekend from 26 of the nation's top dealers – all in one place.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art’s 47th Antiques Show, held from May 26 to 28, will feature antiques displayed throughout the museum and in the courtyard.

For a first look at the dealer booths, the Preview Party will be held on May 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. Complete with live music, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres – including smoked salmon, lollipop lamb chops, carving stations and a full-scale sushi bar – the preview is a celebration of art, antiques and tradition. Tickets are $125 per member and $150 per non-member and also include valet parking. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 610-388-8318.

The show continues Saturday through Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $20 and includes entry to the museum and its galleries. Proceeds from the show benefit the Museum Volunteers' Purchase Fund, and art and education programming.

Events throughout the weekend include the “Antiques Show Breakfast and Lecture” on Saturday, and “A Passion for Collecting: Dealer Talks” on Sunday and Monday.

Antiques Show Breakfast and Lecture

Saturday, May 26, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

$30 per person (includes show admission)

Come to the Millstone Café overlooking the scenic Brandywine River for a continental breakfast and lecture by James H. Duff, director emeritus of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art, on “Exploring the Roots of this Treasured Event, The Antiques Show at Brandywine.” Guided tours of the exhibition, “The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth” will follow the lecture. The presentation will begin at 9:30 a.m. following a continental breakfast at 9 a.m.

A Passion for Collecting: Dealer Talks

Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28

Free with show admission

Each day features four different talks by dealers in the show. These talks will be held in select dealer booths at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., with topics ranging from Staffordshire pottery, American furniture, oriental rugs, to Chinese export porcelain and more. Register in advance by calling 610-388-8318, or meet in the museum’s first floor lobby 15 minutes prior to each lecture.

Guided tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, N. C. Wyeth House & Studio, and the Kuerner Farm are available daily (for an additional fee) through Nov. 18. Advance reservations are recommended. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit