For the entirety of my career in the world of antiques I have been inspired by this venerable and auspicious Pennsylvania show. Founded in 1962 and widely recognized as one of the finest in the nation, the event returns this year for the 57th time, making it the eldest charitable show in America.
Among antiques fairs dedicated to American Antiques specifically, The Philadelphia Antiques Show is, plainly and simply, the best. This is where museum-worthy objects find their way from the best dealers to the homes of top collectors. For this reason I am privileged to be among this strong list of veteran dealers.
Each year the show features a loan exhibit that can be anything from a top museum's selected objects, to the holdings of a private collector, to an assembled collection from a group of collectors. These are presented in a museum-like fashion. My favorite exhibit of all time, inside or outside of an institution, was actually here at the Philadelphia show, when the fire collection of physician Bob Booth was artfully presented in such a way that it raised goose bumps on my skin and envy in my heart. I am certain that many top folk art collectors felt much the same.
This year I am thrilled to have been asked to curate the 2017 loan exhibit, "What So Proudly We Hail," a display of outstanding American flags. This I will do, utilizing flags that are not for sale, but to enjoy and inspire.
I will also display my usual booth, in addition to this, with flags and other objects available for purchase.
Don't miss the Philadelphia Antiques Show Preview Party on Thursday, April 20th, from 5pm - 9pm. The show's premier event includes a cocktail buffet and offers guests the first opportunity to view the 2016 exhibitor booths. Proceeds from the event benefit Penn Medicine. 5 PM entry is $600/person. 6 PM entry is $300. Young Collectors (under age 40) may enter at 6 PM for a reduced cost of $150. All preview tickets are good for General Admission throughout the show.
Regular Show Hours:
Friday, April 21 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission Price: $20 ($18 for seniors). Call me at (717) 676-0545 if you would like to receive comp tickets.
Location: The show will be held at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, located at 4747 South Broad Street (at the intersection of Intrepid Avenue).
The McNeil Curator Lecture at the Philadelphia Antique Show
Discovering Art & History in Antique American Flags with Jeff Bridgman
Lecture Time: 2:00 PM
Description: Presented as a walking tour of this year's loan exhibit "What So Proudly We Hail: Antique American Flags & Political Textiles," curated by Jeff Bridgman & Sponsored by Penn Medicine.
Location: The Philadelphia Antique Show, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 4747 South Broad Street (at the intersection of Intrepid Avenue).
Details: Show admission is $20 ($18 for seniors). The lecture is included with the price of admission.
I am pleased to announce that I am returning to Chicago after a long absence, to exhibit at the Chicago Antiques + Art + Design Show at the Merchandise Mart. This is a high end, primarily formal, antiques and decorative arts show at Chicago's famous design center, which for many years, until recently, was owned and managed by my friend Chris Kennedy, a son of the late Senator Bobby and Ethel Kennedy. I look forward to connecting with past clients, as well as new, interested parties who have not yet had the opportunity to view my collection of antique American flags, painted American furniture and folk art in person.
I will have a wide variety of merchandise with me and a lot of it, but if you wish to see anything specific that you see on my website, or perhaps a group of things in any particular age, size, or price category, be sure to contact me before Friday, May 12th, so I can pack it aboard and bring it along.
There will be an early buying preview party on Thursday evening, May 18th, from 6 - 9 pm benefitting the Illinois Executive Mansion Association, a non-profit that oversees the restoration of the People's House in Springfield. The event will be hosted by Governor James R. Thompson and the opening night party will offer cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music, and an opportunity for serious collectors to shop the show before it opens to the general public. There is two-tier pricing. Tickets for 6 pm entry are $500. At 7 pm the price drops to $150. Click here to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chicago-antiques-art-design-opening-night-party-tickets-30863298958#tickets
Hours: Regular show admission is $20 and hours are as follows: Fri. & Sat. 11 am – 7 pm, Sun. 11 am – 5 pm.
Location: Merchandise Mart, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL. Enter through the West Enterance @ Orleans and Kinze. The show is on the 7th floor.
I am delighted to announce that I have been asked to exhibit antique American flags once again at New York's Union League Club.
I will present a wealth of material for sale in the spacious gallery, including antique American flags, political campaign flags, banners and kerchiefs. I am generally not physically present for the entire run of the exhibition, so anyone with a serious interest in acquiring flags should call me to schedule an appointment. I am best reached at either my office 717.502.1281, on my cell 717.676.0545, or via email at email@example.com
About the Union League
One of the city's most exclusive institutions, the Union League was founded during the Civil War in 1863 by a group of concerned and influential citizens, to aid President Abraham Lincoln in his quest to preserve the Union. Over the past 140 years, the club has quietly rendered distinguished service to the nation. During the Civil War it raised and funded three volunteer regiments. Its members were instrumental in establishing The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1870. They played an essential role in the founding of the American Red Cross and helped to erect both the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor and the Lincoln Monument in Union Square. Today one of the primary focuses is the well being of our military veterans.
Many prominent civic, state and national leaders have enjoyed membership in the ULC, including fifteen Presidents, many Senators and Congressmen, cabinet members, diplomats, and scores of CEO's of major corporations. J. Pierpont Morgan was a regular during the 19th century, along with John Jay, William Cullen Bryant, Chester Arthur, and Thomas Nast. Theodore Roosevelt managed his early political career from the Club's chambers and chose them as a place to hold interrogations during the time when he served as New York's Chief of Police.
The Union League Club is located at 38 East 37th Street, New York, New York 10016
** Please note that the club rules prohibit jeans, shorts, and cell phone use (our sincerest thanks for your cooperation).
The Aspen Antiques, Jewelry, Automobiles & Fine Arts Fair will open on Saturday, July 1st and close on Sunday, July 9th. The show is to be held at the Aspen Ice Garden, located at 233 West Hyman Ave. For those unfamiliar with the layout of the town, know that the Ice Garden is just four blocks from the fountain at the town's center, and three blocks from Wagner Park (a.k.a. the rugby field). So it could scarcely be more convenient.
This is a small, diverse, high class event and there are always interesting celebrity guests. Show hours are 10 AM -6 PM every day including Independence Day, except for the final day, where the hours are 10-4. Admission is free.
For those who have never experienced Aspen in July, know that is an extraordinary time to visit this beautiful Rocky Mountain paradise. Many say that it is as great in the summer as it is in the winter, and I would have to concur. There are many special events for the July 4th weekend, so be sure to visit the Aspen Chamber of Commerce website for details closer to the event.
My family and I decorate a float for the 4th of July parade with many antique flags and I carry an interesting one, which is great fun. It's a particularly huge and colorful parade and not to be missed if you're a fan of the red, white and blue.
The 40th addition of the August Antiques Show changed gears and locations last year. The event moved closer to the middle of August, and to a much more accessible location at the modern, air conditioned, Boys & Girls Club, located conveniently between the high school and the Stop & Shop near the traffic circle.
So once again one of the most highly coveted antiques events of the year can be found in one of the most beautiful and historic New England vacation destinations. Here you will find me with a wide array of antique American flags and folk art, in addition to a fine list of dealers from the U.S. and abroad.
Friday, August 11 - 12 pm to 5 pm
Saturday, August 12 - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, August 14 - 10 am to 5 pm
Monday, August 15 - 10 am to 3 pm
* There is no Preview Party
Admission Price: $15. Call me at (717) 676-0545 if you wish to receive comp tickets.
Location: The Nantucket Boys and Girls Club, 61 Sparks Ave., Nantucket, MA
I am honored to return for my 8th year to The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show. Widely considered to be the best show on the West Coast, the event featuring top dealers from around the globe. The show is rigorously vetted by committees of experts in various fields of antiques, so customers can come and buy with an unusual degree of confidence in authenticity.
Preview Party: The preview party, which benefits the "Enterprise for High School Students" charity, is simply over-the-top—unparalleled in glamour, cuisine, and attendance. This offers an opportunity for serious collectors to shop the show before it opens to the general public. The event opens on Wednesday, October 26th, beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are offered at various tiers based upon time of entry. Tickets at 4:00 require a donation of at least $3,000 for which 2 tickets are received. At 5:00 p.m. it drops to $1,250 for 2 persons. At 6:00 p.m. it drops to $750 for 2 persons. And at 7:00 p.m. it drops to $275 for 1 person. If you wish to attend this event please call the SFFAS office at (415) 989-9019.
Regular Hours: Regular admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Show hours are as follows:
Thursday – Saturday 10:30 AM – 7 PM
Sunday 12 Noon – 5 PM
* Call or email me for comp tickets for regular admission.
Location: The show is to be held at Fort Mason Center, located in the beautiful Marina district, between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay. I could easily argue that this is the most beautiful location for an antiques show in America.
The entrance to Fort Mason Center is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. A former military base, this National Historic Landmark is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and therefore has no street address. Click here for directions.
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