More than a week of shopping!

This year, the Delaware Antiques Show is going virtual! We have gathered the top dealers and their finest offerings of furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more. You will have eight full days to browse and talk with dealers, all from the comfort and safety of your home.  You will be able to browse each dealer’s offerings, save your favorite items to a virtual board, and make an inquiry or offer. There is no charge to browse the show between November 7 and 14. Bookmark this link and view the show starting November 7 at 10:00 am. The show closes at 10:00 pm on November 14.


Enhance your 2020 Delaware Antiques Show experience with the following options:

Early Access Shopping Day–November 6, $100 (Opens at 10:00 am on November 6)
Shop early and see the best the show has to offer! We are offering an Early Shopping Day that will allow you to access the show before the public.
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Keynote and Curator Lecture Package $30 | $20 per Winterthur Member
We have bundled together the keynote with a series of talks by Winterthur curators. These are available on demand from November 7 through 14. Watch at your convenience!
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We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us make the 2020 Delaware Antiques Show possible.

Lectures (Included with Keynote and Curator Lecture Package)

Kate Ridder and Peter Pennoyer, photo by Eric Paisecki

Keynote Lecture: “Pillow Talk: A Designer Wife and Architect Husband Open Up About Design, Architecture, and Style”

Interior designer Katie Ridder and architect Peter Pennoyer come from different ends of the aesthetic scale, and yet they have found unexpected inspiration in their singular approaches to design, both in their work together and separately. Join this New York design scene power couple for a visual journey through their multilayered design processes, from Ridder’s signature use of exuberant color palettes and lush fabrics to Pennoyer’s elegant translation of traditional architecture for contemporary living. As they open the doors to various inspiring projects from around the country, they’ll share behind-the-curtain anecdotes and stories that reveal how a house really comes together and tips on how to create spaces that have true presence.
When you register for the lecture bundle, you will also be able to add Ridder’s and Pennoyer’s books to your order.

Curator Lectures

In addition to the keynote presentation, Winterthur experts will speak on a variety of fascinating topics. These lectures are included with the keynote lecture package; available on demand, November 7–14.

Dr. Stéphanie Delamaire, Associate Curator, Fine Arts, Winterthur
“Who Owns Washington? Gilbert Stuart and the Battle for Artistic Property in the Early Republic”

In 1801 and 1802, the United States Congress considered the inclusion of visual works in the revisions of the copyright statute of 1790; however, the U.S. Copyright Act of 1802 did not protect painters. Rather, it limited itself to the “arts of designing, engraving and etching historical and other prints.” Nevertheless, that year, the famous painter Gilbert Stuart went to court against a sea captain who had commissioned unauthorized copies of one Stuart’s portraits of George Washington. This talk considers Stuart’s battle for the control of artistic property and what it tells us about the cultural landscape in which artists worked in the Early Republic.

Linda Eaton, John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles, Winterthur
“Tales on Textiles”

In the late 18th century, the development of copperplate printing enabled textile designers to print narrative scenes on textiles used for bed and window hangings and matching bedcovers. This talk will highlight a few of those textiles and challenge the audience to help us continue the work of identifying other examples.

Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur
“’Your Beverage of Choice’: Wine-Related Equipage at Winterthur”

This presentation—a celebration of the objects and imagery created in response to society’s love of wine—showcases a selection from the stunning range of alcohol-related objects at Winterthur. From glassware and cellarettes to song sheets and paintings, learn how wine was marketed, consumed, and enjoyed from the 1600s through the 1800s.

Jeff Groff, Estate Historian, Winterthur
“The Cottage, H. F. du Pont’s Last Residence at Winterthur”

In 1951, the Winterthur Museum opened for visitors, so H. F. and Ruth du Pont moved across from the museum into a large English Regency-style house built to be their last residence. To furnish it, H. F. drew upon his notable collection of European pieces that once filled his Park Avenue apartment. This talk will focus on the creation of the house and its collections.

Emily Guthrie, Library Director and NEH Librarian for the Printed Book Collection, Winterthur
“Ornery Ornament: Beasts, Bugs, and Humanoids in the Early Modern Ornament Collections of the Winterthur Library”

Featuring illustrations from the Winterthur Library’s vast collection of ornament and pattern books from the 16th through the 19th centuries, this presentation will explore the history and meaning of the many creatures, both realistic and fantastical, that live within their pages.

Deborah Harper, Senior Curator of Education, Winterthur
“H. F. du Pont Collects Massachusetts Furniture”

Significant pieces of Massachusetts furniture were among H. F. du Pont’s earliest purchases. The stories of their acquisition are captured in his extensive correspondence files, and reveal the interplay and occasional intrigue among the collectors, the dealers, and the marketplace in the first half of the 20th century.

Josh Lane, Curator of Furniture, Winterthur
Kathy Z. Gillis, Elizabeth Terry Seaks Senior Furniture Conservator
“Furniture Fakes: Two Winterthur Case Studies”

The process of examining furniture for integrity and authenticity can be challenging. This presentation will discuss identifying clues in two examples of furniture in the Winterthur collection that reveal that these objects were fabricated to deceive.

Tom Savage, Director of External Affairs, Winterthur
“Southern Surprises: Treasures from Charleston in the Winterthur Collection”

The Winterthur Museum possesses iconic examples of fine and decorative arts from early Charleston, South Carolina; however, several Charleston objects were acquired by Henry Francis du Pont with the belief that they were made in colonial Philadelphia. This talk highlights Winterthur’s Charleston holdings and Charleston surprises.

Dr. Melissa Tedone, Lab Head for Book & Library Materials Conservation, Winterthur
“Toxic Tomes: A Hidden Peril in the Victorian Home”

The Winterthur Poison Book Project investigates toxic pigments used to color Victorian-era bookcloth, puts these beautiful but dangerous bookbindings in their historical context, and provides safety recommendations for librarians, booksellers, and private collectors.

Ann K. Wagner, Curator of Decorative Arts, Winterthur
“Recent Acquisitions: Collecting New Stories & Memories in Metal”

Human memory, whether individual or cultural, can gain longevity by intersecting with physical objects. As a curator, I collect memories and myths along with artwork. This talk will share how a few recovered origin stories for new metalwork brought meanings to their place in the museum collection.

Keynote and Curator Lecture Package $30 | $20 per Winterthur Member
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Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Presents Young Scholars (Complimentary)

Young Scholars Lectures Sponsored by Decorative Arts Trust 

Each year the Delaware Antiques Show highlights the research of Lois F. McNeil Fellows from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, a joint program with the University of Delaware. The program’s distinguished graduates hold positions internationally in museums, universities, antiques and auction houses, libraries, and historical societies.

We are thrilled to be able to make these lectures available to everyone at no cost, thanks to the generosity of the Decorative Arts Trust. Bookmark this link and view the lectures starting November 7.


Cara Caputo
Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur

“Esprit de Washington: The Story of a Patriotic French Flask”

What looks like a book and can hold its liquor? A most curious glass flask with patriotic imagery in the Winterthur collection. Created by the Frémy Brothers Distillery in France, the flask—with its juxtaposition of George Washington’s image and French text on the “front cover”—prompts questions about international trade, politics, and advertising in the early 1800s. Cara Caputo explores the many stories revealed by studying the Washington flask and its role as a volume in the Frémy Brothers’ “liquid library.”


Christopher Malone
Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur
“Anonymous by Trade, Identified by Sight: Exploring a Shop Sign at Winterthur”

Christopher Malone reveals the long life of an anonymous shoemaker shop sign acquired by Henry Francis du Pont before 1959. With the help of Winterthur conservators, the sign’s material clues revealed a colorful past hidden behind the surviving details of this obscure trade sign. While not prized for its illustrious patterns of ownership or famous makers, this object is now regarded as a work of art, worthy of stewardship, conservation, and study.

The Young Scholars Lectures will be available on demand from November 7 through 14.


Donate to Winterthur

The year 2020 has been a challenging one for cultural arts institutions. The Delaware Antique Show is one of Winterthur’s major fundraising events. If you are able, please consider a donation. Winterthur builds upon the vision of Henry Francis du Pont to inspire and educate through its collections, estate, and academic programs by engaging diverse audiences in the study, preservation, and interpretation of American material culture, art, design, and history. Help us continue our mission and donate today.


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