Watercolor on Paper, ©Edward Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams | Fine Art Today
“Pagoda at Cassan, Isle-Adam,” watercolor on paper, ©Edward Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams, Architectural Watercolors

Through January 12, 2018
American University’s Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C.

Steeped in history and hosted within the modern walls of Katzen Arts Center, the Washington Winter Show is the second oldest charitable antiques show in the United States. It features more than 40 dealers from the U.S. and Europe, offering a broad range of exquisite antiques and fine arts.

This year’s show — The Charm of Chinoiserie — explores our enduring fascination with chinoiserie — the imitation and evocation of Chinese artistic traditions in the west.

Chinese screen, G. Sergeant Antiques | Fine Art Today
Chinese screen, G. Sergeant Antiques (see detail below)

Complementing this year’s theme, the board is thrilled that renowned floral designer Laura Dowling will lend her talents in creating floral installations for the show, interpreting a series of hand-painted de Gournay panels on loan for the show. A former chief floral designer at the White House (2009-2015), Dowling is known for using flowers as a strategic tool for communicating diplomatic, symbolic, and policy messages in a style that is evocative of nature and the garden.

Chinese screen (detail), G. Sergeant Antiques

Tonight, January 11, is the preview night, featuring an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and an elegant buffet dinner. Tomorrow features a lecture and luncheon hosted by designer and author Charlotte Moss, whose 32 years of design includes licensed collections of furniture, fabrics/trims, carpet, china, and framed art. January 13 is Appraisals, Design Panel, Lecture, & Jazz Night, followed on January 14 by Sundaes on Sunday, where 8- to 12-year-olds are invited to discover the fascinating world of collecting.  

For more information, please visit: http://www.washingtonwintershow.org

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