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27th Annual Washington Connecticut Antiques Show

The 2013 Washington Connecticut Antiques Show took place October 4-6, 2013, and opened at Washington Primary School with the traditional Preview Night cocktail party on Friday evening. Cellist Mary Costanza serenaded guests during the opportunity for advance buying and browsing from an impressive assortment of exceptional antiques and contemporary collectibles.

The following evening, the Collectors Party was held amidst the smooth sounds of The Kerry Linder Brazilian Jazz Trio in an alluring setting of curated treasures and modern curiosities from around the world.

Event Co-Chair Wilson Henley, also a Gunn Memorial Trustee and antiques dealer, said, "Many of our show-goers work or live out of town, making attendance at the Friday evening Preview Night difficult. It was decided last year to add the Saturday Collectors Party, a lively departure from Friday's event, to accommodate schedules and to provide the opportunity for new people to get in on the fun of an evening party, though many attended both evenings."

The Antiques Show is one of the primary annual fund-raisers for the town's public library and historical museum, which depend in great part upon private contributions in addition to taxpayer dollars. Recent Connecticut statistics reveal that the Gunn Memorial Library boasts double the number of visits per capita of towns of its size, and performs at the top of numerous library measures statewide. The Museum's exhibit, "Coming to America: Washington's Swedish Immigrants," was open to visitors. The exhibit, which runs through January 2014, features photographs and artifacts from its collection, on loan from descendants, and from local dealers Dawn Hill Antiques and Eleish van Breems Antiques.

Paul Doherty, Event Co-Chair and gallery owner, said, "I am so pleased to announce that this year's Honorary Chairs are George Malkemus and Anthony Yurgaitis of Manolo Blahnik and Arethusa Farm fame, not to mention their latest success — the highly acclaimed "al tavolo" wine bar and restaurant in Bantam. We are delighted to have their support for this event, which is so very important to the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum."

Founded in 1985, the WCAS consistently draws dealers of the highest quality and offers diverse furnishings and decorative arts for both the period and modern home. The show features over 20 dealers from the east coast. Visitors find larger furnishings, works of art, exquisite jewelry, intimate furniture and decorative accessories.

Browse the 2013 Dealer List.

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