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Show and Sale of “Treasures” From World Cultures: October 26-28 at the Penn Museum
October 16, 2007, Volume 54, No. 8


Treasures…From the Silk Road to the Santa Fe Trail Show & Sale, Philadelphia’s exciting, exotic shopping and collecting exposition of antiques, fine arts and textiles from World Cultures, returns to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology for its third annual presentation on October 26-28, 2007. Treasures 2007 opens with a “reservations suggested” preview party, October 25.

Forty prominent dealers from around the world will again transform the Museum’s third floor galleries into a spectacular marketplace for exceptional and unusual art, antiques, jewelry, carpets, sculptural objects, furniture, ceramics, wearables and textiles—all carefully vetted, one-of-a-kind 18th-21st century pieces. Thousands of experienced and new collectors, interior designers, home furnishers, clothing visionaries and style-setters come to “shop the world” at Treasures, Philadelphia’s first and only show and sale of fine art works from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Presented by The Women’s Committee to benefit Penn Museum’s educational and outreach programs, Treasures is produced by the premier US presenter of Asian, Tribal and Ethnographic Arts expos, Caskey-Lees, (www.caskeylees.com). Treasures 2007 is chaired by Susan W. Catherwood, Helen Stephenson Weary and Nancy Freeman Tabas.

Treasures has been cited by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation as one of Philadelphia’s top annual events and is a centerpiece of “Philadelphia Falls for the Arts,” a collaboration with USArtists: American Fine Art Show and The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show.

Two “treasured” special exhibitions at Penn Museum coincide with the Treasures 2007 Show & Sale. River of Gold, Precolumbian Treasures from Sitio Conte–exquisitely crafted goldwork from the Museum’s 1940 excavations at the ancient cemetery site of Sitio Conte in what is now central Panama; and selected highlights from Treasures from the Royal Tombs of Ur, including amazing jewelry, gold and silver, and more—from the Museum’s 1920-30s excavations at Ur, one of the most spectacular discoveries in ancient Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq).

The Treasures 2007 preview party for sponsors and benefactors is Thursday evening, October 25 from 5-9 p.m.

Treasures is open to the public Friday and Saturday, October 26-27, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General admission: $15, includes unlimited re-entry, show catalogue and Museum admission; $12 for Penn Museum members, Penn faculty, staff, alumni and members of WHYY; $10 for students. Call for group rates.

Tickets can be purchased at the door and online at www.museum.upenn.edu. Information and reservations: (215) 898-9213 or treasures@museum.upenn.edu.

Treasures is supported by NBC10 TV; WHYY; Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation; Philadelphia Hospitality; 900AM WURD; and numerous corporations and individuals.


At Left: Dealer Jon Eric Riis, from Atlanta, GA, will bring this embroidered, counted-stitch woman’s sleeveless vest from mid-19th Century, China, 28” x 31,” along with other items.


Almanac - October 16, 2007, Volume 54, No. 8