Celebrating its 34th year, the Chester County Antiques Show will take place April 1-3, at the Phelps School with this year’s theme as Tomfoolery. The Phelps School in Malvern features accessibility, spaciousness and natural light, creating the perfect setting for vendors and the antique items.
The annual Antique Show is CCHS’ largest community and fundraising event. The show attracts visitors and collectors every year with it variety of items and furniture. Become a sponsor for this unique and successful event. The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
- Friday, April 1 – Preview Party – 5pm early admission ($200 per person), and 6pm regular admission ($130 per person)
- Saturday, April 2 – General Admission from 10am to 6pm – $15.00 per person (Lectures included)
- Sunday, April 3 – General Admission from 11am – 5pm – $15.00 per person
April 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm (45-50 min. talk) ~ Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur ~ Just for Fun: Ceramics, Glass & Humor
Throughout history, most ceramic and glass wares served utilitarian purposes (storage, cooking, and meal or beverage service) or were for ornamental use in floral or figural displays. Such objects often reflected not only the size of one’s pocketbook but also a sense of one’s place in the world. In contrast, a smaller percentage of wares were created purely to reflect a sense of fun on the parts of the owners. Some such object types stood the test of time and—whether made in costly or more affordable materials—suggest that humor often permeated all levels of society.
Traditional “trick” drinking vessels such as puzzle jugs, for example, spilled their contents on wealthy and less financially secure drinkers, alike. Other vessels might feature surprising painted or three-dimensional imagery that slowly emerged as a vessel was drained. Some objects sported humorous phrases or lampooned well-known political or military figures. Imagery from satirical stories might decorate an object’s surface or be reproduced in three-dimensional form.
April 2, 2016 at 3:00pm ~ Stacey Swigart, Curator of Collections, the Please Touch Museum ~ Surprises and Secrets About Your Favorite Toys
Slinky, PlayDoh, Erector Sets…you have probably played with one of them (or many others) at one point in your childhood. What gives a toy “staying power” for play and what are some of the stories behind them? The discussion will center around a number of different iconic toys that have interesting stories about how they came to be, what they’re made of or what makes them so special.