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Thousands Of Items To Choose From At The Brandywine River Museum's
41st Annual Antiques Show May 26 - 28

Learn from the experts: free talks by dealers shed light on antiques and antiques collecting.

CHADDS FORD, PA (March 23, 2012)-Thirty-one of the nation's most outstanding antiques dealers will once again showcase a variety of American and English furniture, glass,ceramics folk art, quilts, Oriental and European porcelain, metalware, rugs, and other fine collectibles at the 41st Annual Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. More than 120 museum volunteers will serve as hosts for this exceptional Antiques Show. All proceeds benefit the Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund which has added more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints to the museum's holdings since 1975.

Opening Night Preview Party
Friday, May 25, 6 - 9 p.m
Be among the first to see the antiques and enjoy a selection of passed hors d'oeuvres, carving stations, and seafood and sushi bars. Jazz selections by "First Choice" will flow throughout the evening. Tickets are $125 per person and $100 for "Young Collectors" (ages 35 and under). The cost includes valet parking, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and show admission.

Special Exhibition
May 26 - July 15, 2012
To accompany the 2012 Antiques Show, the museum presents a special exhibition, Pierced, Punched, Painted: Decorated Tinware from Winterthur. The display of decorated tinware selected from the Winterthur Collection demonstrates how such humble material might appeal to every taste and delight its users.

Breakfast and Curator's Lecture
Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m
Ann K. Wagner, guest curator of Pierced, Punched, Painted: Decorated Tinware from Winterthur, will share her expertise by leading a tour of the exhibition. Ms. Wagner, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at Winterthur, is responsible for the metalwork collections and teaches in Winterthur's graduate programs. The 9:30 a.m. tour is preceded by a continental breakfast in the museum restaurant at 9 a.m. The $25 fee includes the tour, breakfast and admission to the Antiques Show. Space is limited, and reservations are requested.

Dealer Booth Talks
Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28
Lecture topics on Sunday include garden furniture, early folk art in America, Southeastern Pennsylvania antiques, and ship portraits. On Monday, dealers will present talks on historical transfer 1815 to 1840, with emphasis on Philadelphia, 18th-century Connecticut furniture, Chinese export porcelain and antique lighting. These 30-minute talks are free with Antiques Show admission and will take place at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

"First Choice" will play on Saturday, May 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. On Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28, visitors will enjoy light piano music by Rick Copes.

Admission to the Antiques Show is $15 per person. For information or to make reservations for the Friday evening Preview Party or the Saturday morning event, please visit or call 610-388-8318.

Sponsors of the 2012 Antiques Show are Pearl Pressman Liberty Communications Group, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Back Burner Restaurant, Inn at Montchanin Village, and Krazy Kat's. Media Sponsors are The Hunt, Delaware Today, and Main Line Today.

The Brandywine River Museum
The Brandywine River Museum is located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The museum is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except Christmas Day. For more information, Visit the museum's webiste or call 610-388-2700.

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