Enjoying the Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show

For Memorial Day Weekend, we had the pleasure of taking a trip north to Pennsylvania. For a number of years now, I’ve wanted to get to the Brandywine River Museum for the Antiques Show, but it hasn’t worked out for one reason or another. Now, however, I finally had my opportunity.

The Brandywine River Museum is, in itself, a site to behold. It’s located on the banks of the Brandywine River and is just amazingly beautiful. It is housed in a converted nineteenth century gristmill and was founded by Andrew Wyeth and his family. It showcases Andrew Wyeth’s artwork as a realist painter, and that of his father, N.C. Wyeth, and his son, Jamie Wyeth.

During Memorial Day Weekend, the show, now in its 41st year, ran from May 26-28 and featured 32 antique dealers from around America. It was a feast for the eyes of those who love antiques, and included everything from American furniture and ceramics to European porcelain and metalware. There was folk art, there were quilts and there were some antique statues.

When we went, on Sunday, they even had garden talks which were delightful. These included 30 minute talks about garden furniture, folk art, ship portraits and a few others. They were very interesting and definitely expanded my knowledge of the art and antique world.

We also enjoyed a live performance by Rick Copes and were able to catch some of the latest special exhibition that was done in conjunction with the Winterthur Museum called “Pierced, Punched, Painted: Decorated Tinware from Winterthur.”

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