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The Philadelphia Show Returns For Its 60th Year

Hooked rug with compass point design, New England, 1840. Through Philadelphia Show exhibitor Olde Hope.

Hooked rug with compass point design, New England, 1840. Through Philadelphia Show exhibitor Olde Hope.

The 60th anniversary of The Philadelphia Show, one of the nation’s leading art and design fairs, will take place April 29 through May 1. For the first time since its inception, the show will take place on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s East Terrace. This year marks a return to a live show after two years of a virtual event format. Since 2018, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Show Committee have organized the fair to support the museum. This year, all proceeds will support the museum’s Division of Digital Resources and Content Strategy, to create programs for virtual visitors from the local community and around the world.

The new location offers the fair an opportunity to better serve its distinguished audience of collectors, designers, industry experts, and tastemakers. “Overlooking Philadelphia from the museum’s East Terrace is a perfect way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Philadelphia Show,” says Eleanore H. Gadsden, Chair of The Philadelphia Show. “The Show offers the best of antiques, art, and design on the market today and its location evokes the 300-year history of the city as well as a tradition of excellence.”

Morris Blackburn (1902-1979), “Time and Space,” 1942, oil on canvas, 28“ X 34“, signed. Through Dixon-Hall Fine Art.

Morris Blackburn (1902-1979), “Time and Space,” 1942, oil on canvas, 28“ X 34“, signed. Through Dixon-Hall Fine Art.

This year’s event will feature forty of the most outstanding exhibitors in the US, specializing in fine art, design, antiques, Americana, folk art, ceramics, porcelain, silver, jewelry, textiles, and decorative arts. The Show’s core DNA is rooted in American art, with exhibitors showcasing works spanning from the 16th century to the 21st century. In addition, the Show will include international influences including important European and Asian works. The Philadelphia Show has made a commitment to amplify its modern and contemporary design offerings, welcoming dealers who specialize in this sector.

Dox Thrash, “Second Thought” 1939, aquatint and etching. Through Dolan Maxwell.

Dox Thrash, “Second Thought” 1939, aquatint and etching. Through Dolan Maxwell.

Many of the Show’s principal exhibitors return this year, including Olde Hope, Kentshire, Lillian Nassau LLC, Moderne Gallery, and Spencer Marks. “With the new venue and approach, we look at the 60th anniversary of The Philadelphia Show as a celebration of its continuing strength and growth,” says Robert Aibel, founder of Moderne Gallery. “When Moderne Gallery first exhibited at the show in 1997, we were the first gallery to be invited to exclusively show 20th-century material. The Philadelphia Show was evolving, and continues to evolve, as will be clear in its 2022 iteration.” Several of the 2022 exhibitors have been with The Philadelphia Show from as early as 1969, attesting to the fair’s longevity and relevance to its dealers and audiences. These galleries include Cooley Gallery, Jeffrey Tillou Antiques, Ralph M. Chait Galleries, and S. J. Shrubsole.

In honor of the Show’s 60th Anniversary, the traditional Loan Exhibit will showcase items from 13 different genres that show the breadth of the American decorative arts, including children’s furniture, floor coverings, weathervanes, and Shaker furniture, among others.

(left) Antique American moonstone and lapis lazuli ring by Tiffany & Co, 1923. Through S.J. Shrubsole. (right) L. Brent Kington Weathervane, 1975. Through Moderne Gallery.

(left) Antique American moonstone and lapis lazuli ring by Tiffany & Co, 1923. Through S.J. Shrubsole. (right) L. Brent Kington Weathervane, 1975. Through Moderne Gallery.

The Philadelphia Show, April 29-May 1, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

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