Special Lectures

Keynote Lecture


"The Pursuit of Beauty . . . Thirty Years in Design"

Charlotte Moss

Charlotte Moss, photograph by Francesco Lagnese

Friday, November 9, 10:00 am (show opens at 11:00 am)


Recently honored with the New York School of Interior Design’s Centennial Medal and named to Elle Décor’s Grand Masters list of top designers, Delaware Antiques Show Honorary Chair Charlotte Moss is celebrating thirty-three years in the design business. She is a prolific author, having published ten books to date. Her most recent title, Charlotte Moss Entertains (Rizzoli, 2018), will be a feature of her presentation at the Delaware Antiques Show.


About Charlotte Moss

In addition to her residential interior design projects, Charlotte designs fabric and trim for Fabricut; carpets and sisals for Stark Carpet; and china for Pickard. Most recently, she has called upon her years of experience in the creation of a collection of furniture and upholstery for Century Furniture. Branching into other fields as well, last year she launched a clothing collection with IBU, a groundbreaking apparel and accessories brand of handcrafted pieces by women artisans in developing countries around the world. This fall she introduces a jewelry collection with P.E. Guerin hardware based on designs from their archive. Charlotte lectures widely and considers philanthropy some of her most important work. She is a Trustee of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, American Corporate Partners, and The Madoo Conservancy. She is also a member of the International Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens and is on the Advisory Board of the New York School of Interior Design, where she holds an Honorary Doctorate degree. Recognized for her numerous contributions to a variety of causes, Charlotte has also been honored with the Guild Hall’s Special Award for Leadership and Philanthropic Endeavors; The Royal Oak Foundation: Timeless Design Award; The American Hospital of Paris, Honorary Trustee; Housing Works: Groundbreakers Award; The Bone Marrow Foundation: Brandon Tartikoff Award; and the Edith Wharton Women of Achievement Award. Lecture included with admission. Book signing to follow.


Weekend Lectures


Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Presents Young Scholars Lectures

Saturday, November 10, 2:00 pm, Pusey & Jones Room

Each year the Delaware Antique show showcases research of current and/or recent students from the Winterthur Program in Material Culture. The University of Delaware and Winterthur established this graduate program in 1952 to promote the interdisciplinary study of American decorative arts and material culture. The program's alumni hold distinguished positions internationally in museums, antiques and auction houses, preservation organizations, historical societies, colleges and universities, libraries, and business. Included with general admission.


Alexandra Rosenberg

R.J. Lara

"Truths of the Trade: Collecting, Researching, and Exhibiting an Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World Cabinet"

R.J. Lara & Alexandra Rosenberg, Lois F. McNeil Fellows, Winterthur

Looks can be deceiving! Winterthur’s acquisition of an unassuming mahogany double cabinet at the 2016 Delaware Antiques Show opened the door to the study of an object with a truly remarkable story. Join us for a fascinating glimpse into the complex history of the cabinet and its active role in the transatlantic trade networks that transported shiploads of goods and captive people during the 18th and 19th centuries.



Elizabeth Humphrey

"The Very Quintessence of Fashion”: George Wyon, Composition Ornament, and Design Books at Winterthur"

Elizabeth Humphrey, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur

Design books and trade catalogs offer incredible insight into the evolution of styles and the international scope of designs used in America. Join us to discover how a recent Winterthur Library acquisition, George Wyon’s Trade Catalog of Composition Ornament, helps bring the museum collection alive.


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