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For Immediate Release:

Brandywine River Museum of Art
Antiques Show
May 24 - 26, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


CHADDS FORD, Pennsylvania April 9, 2014 - Thirty-one of the nation's most outstandingantiques dealerswill showcase a variety of American and English furniture, glass,ceramics folk art, quilts, European and Chinese export porcelain, metalware, rugs, and other fine antiques at the 43rd Annual Brandywine River Museum of Art's Antiques Show, Memorial Day weekend. The event is hosted by more than 120 of the museum's dedicated volunteers. All proceeds benefit the Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund which has added more than 200 paintings, drawingsand prints to the museum's holdings since 1975. $15 fee includes museum admission. For more information, please click here.

Volunteers' Antiques Show Preview Reception
Friday, May 23, 6 - 9 p.m.
Be among the first to see and purchase the antiques while enjoying cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, seafood, sushi and carving stations along with coffee and dessert. Pleasant background music will be provided "First Choice." Valet parking.

Tickets are $125 per person and $100 for "Young Collectors" (ages 35 and under). Antiques Show admission throughout the weekend is included in ticket price. Please call 610.388.8318 for reservations.

Antiques Show Breakfast and Tour of Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work
Saturday, May 24, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, will discuss Wilhelm Schimmel's life and lead a tour of the exhibition. Her talk will begin at 9:30 a.m., following the continental breakfast in the museum cafat 9 a.m.

Cost is $25, which includes admission to the museum and the Antiques Show. Please call 610.388.8318 for reservations.

Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work
May 23 - June 22
Known for his hand-carved wooden sculptures of animals, Wilhelm Schimmel (1817-1890) was a German immigrant who lived and worked in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in the years following the Civil War. A drifter, he often traded his colorful carvings for room and board or a drink in a tavern as he wandered the countryside. His larger carvings ofeagles, made with only a simple pocket knife, were particularly successful in striking a patriotic chord with Pennsylvanians. Often in trouble with the law, Schimmel and his exploits repeatedly found their way into local newspapers, growing his reputation as an artisan and a miscreant.This exhibition, in conjunction with the 2014 Antiques Show, features work from local, public and private collections, selected by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator at the museum. The exhibition showcases the whimsical nature of Schimmel's art, which became highly collectible as an authentic expression of vernacular art and remains so more than a century after his death.

Dealers Talks
Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26
Topics on Sunday are19th-century Luxury Glass, Issues of Authenticity in American Furniture, Aspects of American Folk Art and Confessions of a Leg Man. The talks on Monday areEarly Transfer Printed English Pottery, Scrimshaw: the Whaler's Art, ChineseExport Porcelain and Southeastern Pennsylvania Furniture. These 30-minute talks are free with Antiques Show admission and are scheduled at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Sponsors
Corporate Sponsors of the 2014 Antiques Show are The Pearl Group at CRW Graphics, Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Back Burner Restaurant, Inn at Montchanin Village, and Krazy Kat's. Media Sponsors areThe Hunt, Delaware Today, and Main Line Today.

TheBrandywine River Museumof Art 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 website, www.brandywine.orgor call 610.388.2700.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Hillary Holland 610.388.8336 hholland@brandywine.orgor
Lora Englehart 610-388-8337 lenglehart@brandywine.org





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