The Philadelphia Antiques Show celebrated its fiftieth year this April 9-12, 2011. Held at the 40,000-square foot Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier One, the show featured fifty exhibitors. Known as the top Americana antiques show in the country, leading exhibitors offered furniture, folk art, and decorative and fine art of exceptional quality, ranging from regional Pennsylvania material and expanding along the eastern seacoast and including England. To mark the fiftieth year, the loan exhibition was entitled “Celebrations….Antiques that Mark the Moment,” which featured furniture and fine and decorative arts that related to important communal or personal events or times in the lives of their creators or owners. The success of the show was furthered by its marking of five decades as the major fundraiser for Penn Medicine.
For the past nine years, the Antiques Dealers’ Association of America (ADA) has presented the ADA Award of Merit to an individual who has made major contributions to the field. This year’s recipient was Morrison H. Heckscher, the Lawrence A. Fleischman Chairman of the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The gala dinner was followed by speakers who provided fond reminiscences of their years knowing and working with Mr. Heckscher.
What follows are a selection of photographs from the show floor and the ADA dinner.