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45th Annual Philadelphia Antiques Show April 8-11

2006 Antiques Show

The 2006 Show will be held April 8-11, at the 33rd Street Armory, 33rd & Market Streets. The Preview Gala is Friday evening, April 7.

Each year, the Philadelphia Antiques Show serves as a major fundraiser for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, contributing more than $13 million dollars since 1962.

For HUP’s Cardiac Transplant Program

This year, the proceeds from the Philadelphia Antiques Show will be presented to the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery to fund total artificial heart technology supporting the active heart failure/transplant program. The cardiac transplant program at  HUP is one of the busiest transplant programs in the country and the largest in the region, performing approximately 50 transplants per year. The proceeds of the 2006 Philadelphia Antiques Show will fund the purchase of total artificial heart pumps and supporting consoles. This cutting-edge technology will provide superior outcomes by helping to support the sickest patients awaiting heart transplants. 

“The committee of the 2006 Philadelphia Antiques Show is proud to continue the tradition of providing meaningful contributions to the University of Pennsylvania Health System,” said Christine L. Smith, chair of the 2006 Show.  “We have helped many departments upgrade their equipment and provide enhancements for their patients over the years. The 2006 funds will allow the nationally renowned Cardiothoracic Surgery program to continue to maintain its standard of excellent patient care.”

About the Philadelphia Antiques Show

The Philadelphia Antiques Show, celebrating its 45th anniversary, is the premier antiques and decorative arts show in the country featuring a large selection of American antiques. Since 1962, Show proceeds have contributed more than $13 million for the advancement of patient care at the UPHS. Organized by a committee of more than 250 volunteers, the Show features 56 of the nation’s leading antiques dealers and galleries. Each year visitors can also choose from a wide and varied schedule of special events. The presenting sponsor for the 2006 Show is the Haverford Trust Company.                             

For tickets, event packages, registration and additional information, call (215) 387-3500 or visit the 2006 Philadelphia Antiques Show online at www.philaantiques.com.

Show admission and a catalogue are included with all special events. Events and prices are subject to change. A Guided Show Tour can be added for $10 with the purchase of a ticket to any other special event. Valet parking is available. Photo ID will be required for entry into the Armory.


$15 at the door;

$12 age 65 & older, or WHYY member;

$7 students and UPHS employees

Show Hours:

Saturday, April 8: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 9: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, April 10: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11:  11 a.m. to 8 p.m


A Special Loan Exhibit: The Schuylkill Villas

The loan exhibit of the 45th Annual Philadelphia Antiques Show is The Schuylkill Villas and will showcase the history and architecture of 18th century houses in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. In addition to period furniture and other examples of decorative arts, the loan exhibit will include many documents and photographs. The houses to be featured are Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, Lemon Hill, Laurel Hill, Strawberry Mansion, Solitude and Woodford. 


Triple Chest

Triple Chest, Circa 1735-1745, Philadelphia Museum of Art. This chest-on-chest-on-chest is made of cherry wood. It descended in the Morris family and can be seen at Cedar Grove, which was moved from the Frankford area of Philadelphia to Fairmount Park in 1928.

Delft Plate

English Delft Charger, Circa 1750, Naomi Wood Trust, Woodford. This polychrome 18th century charger is unusual with its scenes of activity. The pottery illustrates a town scene with conventional patterns on a white background. At Woodford, built in 1756 with later additions, visitors can see the excellent Naomi Wood Collection of Americana and related objects.


Built by Philadelphia’s prominent families as rural retreats, the Fairmount Park houses provided a refuge from the summer heat and yellow fever epidemics in the city.  The houses are maintained today by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and many private and civic organizations, which are contributing items to the exhibit along with private donors. Special events during the Antiques Show will include guided tours of the houses, many of which have recently undergone extensive renovations.

In addition to the loan exhibit, visitors to the nationally acclaimed Philadelphia Antiques Show will be able to view the finest selection of antiques and decorative arts for purchase including a large selection of American antiques.

Several premier events will elaborate on the theme of the loan exhibit.

The Schuylkill Villas Trolley Tour, Sunday April 9, 8:45 a.m.-noon. After a continental breakfast at the Philadelphia Antiques Show, Fairmount Park House Guides will narrate a Sunday morning trolley ride. The tour will include the interiors of two historically renovated 18th century Schuylkill Villas that once served as rural retreats for some of Philadelphia’s most prominent families. The Park House Guides will also highlight the exterior architectural details of other period villas in the park.  Upon return to the Armory, more of the legacy of the Schuylkill Villas can be viewed on the Show Floor.

The McNeil Curator Lecture Philadelphia’s Park Houses: Country House or Villa? Sunday, April 9, 1:30–2:30 p.m. In this illustrated lecture, Roger W. Moss will examine the rich and varied history of American country houses in the 18th and 19th centuries with particular emphasis on the subject of this year’s loan exhibit, the Fairmount Park houses. Dr. Moss, director of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, is a noted lecturer and author of a dozen books on architecture and design, including The American Country House and Historic Houses of Philadelphia.

The Art of Seeing, Garden Photography with Alan Detrick, Monday, April 10, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Renowned garden photographer Alan Detrick will enlighten amateur photographers on the techniques of photographing landscapes, gardens and flowers.  He will also show samples of the work that he’s done for Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Newsweek, and Smith & Hawkin.

Picnic in the Park with Lilly Pulitzer, Tuesday, April 11,  noon–1:30 p.m. Join in a celebration of spring. The program includes a picnic-themed luncheon served by Culinary Concepts with a preview of Lilly Pulitzer’s summer 2006 Fashion Collection.



  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 28, April 4, 2006


April 4, 2006
Volume 52 Number 28


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