Jessica Fellowes

Special Lectures


Delaware Antiques Show general admission tickets include Saturday and Sunday special lectures. The keynote lecture on Friday requires a separate ticket. Visit the Delaware Antiques Show Admissions and Travel page for pricing information.


Keynote Lecture


Jessica Fellowes
Friday, November 7, 10:00 am (show opens at 11:00 am)

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Join keynote speaker and honorary chair Jessica Fellowes for her special insights into the Downton Abbey phenomenon. This lecture requires a separate ticket. Ticket for keynote includes admission to the Delaware Antiques Show for all three days. $30 per Member. $35 per nonmember. Book signing to follow. To purchase tickets for the keynote, call 800.448.3883.



About Jessica Fellowes

An author, journalist, historian, and public speaker, Fellowes may be most widely known as the author of the best-selling book The World of Downton Abbey, its follow-up Chronicles of Downton Abbey, and the much-anticipated forthcoming A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey. The former deputy editor of Country Life magazine, her articles have appeared in the New York Times and Globe and Mail. Fellowes is also the niece of Julian Fellowes, the creator and script writer of the award-winning television series Downton Abbey.


Weekend Lectures


Philip D. Zimmerman
Historic Odessa: New Findings in an Old Collection
Saturday, November 8, 2:00 pm


The Corbit-Sharp and Wilson-Warner houses in Odessa are two of the finest Georgian structures in the state. Presenting a well-documented picture of small-town life in early Delaware, both contain an engaging mix of furnishings, some of which have never left the premises. The Historic Odessa Foundation took over ownership of the properties in 2005 and has been researching its holdings in depth. Join us for this illustrated presentation highlighting new findings, the diversity of the collections, and a few surprises! Included with admission.

About Philip D. Zimmerman

Philip Zimmerman is a museum and decorative arts consultant, author, teacher, appraiser, and American antique furniture dealer based in Lancaster, Pa. He holds a doctorate in American and New England Studies from Boston University, a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, and is a nationally recognized authority on early American furniture. He has published broadly, including Delaware Clocks (2006) and three Delaware-furniture-related articles for The Magazine Antiques. Earlier in his career, he was director of the museum collections division at Winterthur.

Linda Eaton, John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur

Linda Eaton
Patterns of Their Time: Design in Printed Textiles
Sunday, November 9, 2:00 pm


The late 18th and early 19th centuries were the golden age for printed textiles, when the chemistry and technology involved in their creation were at the forefront of the industrial revolution. But design was equally important and was highly valued by manufacturers, merchants, and their clients. Great designs from that period have cycled in and out of fashion for more than two hundred years. They are as relevant today as when they were created, providing contemporary designers with infinite sources of inspiration. Enjoy this discussion of fabulous textile designs that highlight the extensive Winterthur collection and are featured in the newly released Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700‒1850 (Monacelli Press). Book signing to follow. Included with admission.

About Linda Eaton

Linda Eaton is the John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur. A graduate of Vassar College, she completed graduate work at the Textile Conservation Centre and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and was employed as a textile conservator for the National Museums of Scotland before arriving at Winterthur. In addition to her curatorial work and teaching responsibilities in the Winterthur graduate programs, she has curated some ten exhibitions at the museum and has published two major works in the field: Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection (Abrams, 2007) and Printed Textiles: British and American Printed Cottons and Linens, 1700‒1850 (Monacelli Press, 2014).


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