About the Show
Founded in 1962, The Philadelphia Antiques Show is one of the longest running antiques shows in the country. 2010 marks the 49th anniversary of the Show, and it continues to be internationally acclaimed as the premier American antiques and decorative arts show in the country.
Held annually, the Show features 50 pre-eminent dealers and galleries and is presented by a committee of more than 250 dedicated volunteers.
The Show is managed by Keeling Wainwright Associates.
Each year, the highly anticipated Preview Gala inaugurates the four-day Show in truly grand fashion as a prominent sell-out event. To this day, the Gala continues to remain a leading social and fund-raising event and an increasingly important visitor attraction to Philadelphia.
In addition to the Gala, the Show presents a series of outstanding special events including lectures by world famous authorities on antiques, art, decoration and history. Private tours of notable antiques collections and historical sites are also available.
Every year, the Show presents a loan exhibit which becomes the feature and theme of the entire event. Each exhibit is carefully documented and compiled in the annual Catalogue.
One of the hallmark features of the Show is that it annually donates its proceeds to Penn Medicine. In the more than four decades of its existence, the Show has raised over $15 million towards the advancement of patient care at Penn Medicine.
2010 Show Information
The Philadelphia Antiques Show features 50 leading antiques dealers and galleries who continue to set the standard for outstanding quality and integrity. These exhibitors will bring together the finest examples available today including period furniture, folk and fine art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry and textiles.
The 2010 Loan Exhibit, A Call to Arms: Chinese Export Porcelain, will showcase custom-ordered Chinese export porcelain decorated with coats of arms for eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British and American consumers.
The Preview Gala kicks off the festivities and is scheduled for April 16, 2010. The Show itself will take place April 17 – 20, 2010. Daily times are as listed:
Saturday, April 17
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 18
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday, April 19
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, April 20
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Location and Visitor Information
The Philadelphia Antiques Show takes place at The Navy Yard, located at 5100 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, just past the city’s popular sports complex.
The Show will be housed within the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier One of the Philadelphia Naval Business Center, which is a renovated naval iron plating factory, built in 1874. Fully air conditioned, this sunlit space offers 40,000 square feet of exhibition space with ample parking and easy access to I-95 and I-76.
The Eagle CafÃ©
Conveniently located on the Show floor, the Eagle CafÃ© proudly serves a wide assortment of soups, sandwiches, gourmet desserts, and beverages for an affordable price. The CafÃ© is open daily during show hours.
Shop at the Show
Make sure to visit the “Shop at the Show,” a local feature that offers a wide selection of gift items including stationery, jewelry, scarves, and decorative accessories!
Special Offer from Barnes and Noble
Please take advantage of a special Barnes and Noble offer available from April 16 – 20, 2010 that benefits the show. Find more about the offer here.
A Call to Arms: Chinese Export Porcelain
for the British and American Market 1700 â€“ 1850
Sponsored by J.J.White Incorporated
The featured loan exhibit, A Call to Arms: Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the British and American Markets, 1700-1850, is a tribute to antiques dealer Elinor Gordon (1918-2009), a highly respected and honored authority on Chinese export porcelain who participated in every Philadelphia Antiques Show since its inception in 1962.
This year’s exhibit will fittingly showcase custom-ordered Chinese export porcelain decorated with coasts of arms for British and American consumers. The pieces in the exhibit will chronicle more than a century of armorial porcelain, offering a glimpse into 18th and 19th century life.
Ron Fuchs II, curator of the Reeves Collection at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia, is the exhibition curator. The Reeves Collection is one of the largest compilations of Chinese export porcelain in the country and the collection is especially strong in armorial porcelain. The exhibit will be compiled of 50 pieces. Half will be on loan from the Reeves Collection, and half will be on loan from private collectors and museums.
The Philadelphia Antiques Show Beneficiary
One of the hallmark features of the Show is that it annually donates its proceeds to Penn Medicine. In the more than four decades of its existence, the Show has raised over $16 million towards the advancement of patient care at Penn Medicine.
2010 Beneficiary â€“ Penn Center for Ocular Imaging
The 2010 Philadelphia Antiques Show proceeds will establish the Penn Center for Ocular Imaging. The Center will include sophisticated ocular imaging instruments at the Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, the Scheie Eye Institute, and at all Penn Eye Care practices. Computerized integration will allow images acquired at any site to be available to doctors and patients at every Penn Eye Care facility.
The Penn Center for Ocular Imaging will be the most sophisticated and fully integrated ocular imaging center in the region, continuing Penn’s tradition of providing state-of-the-art vision care to the patients of the the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond.