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January 6, 2004

CW hosts 56th annual Antiques Forum in 2004

In the 50 years immediately following the American Revolution, the work of American artists and artisans took on a distinctly new appearance that reflected the nation’s newfound freedom. Colonial Williamsburg’s 56th Antiques Forum, “Made in America: The Arts of the Early Republic,” Feb. 1-5, 2004, will feature an impressive roster of more than 20 nationally known scholars, historians, collectors and dealers -- including Pulitzer Prize winner Gordon Wood and The Magazine Antiques editor-at-large Wendell Garrett --who will explore the remarkable furniture, silver, textiles, paintings and buildings produced in America from 1780 to 1830. Participants will hear the latest findings in a series of illustrated lectures and video-assisted workshops.

Highlights of the program will include:

  • “Building a Collection: New Acquisitions at Colonial Williamsburg.” Ronald L. Hurst, Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator and vice president, Collections and Museums, Colonial Williamsburg.
  • “‘Nourished by the remains of Roman grandeur’: Thomas Jefferson and the Classical Ideal.” Susan R. Stein, curator, Monticello, Charlottesville, Va.
  • “‘Your Nationality Becomes You’: Gilbert Stuart’s Americanness.” Carrie Rebora Barratt, curator, American paintings and sculpture, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.
  • “Classical Dress in America.” Titi Halle, costume historian and owner of Cora Ginsburg, LLC, New York, N.Y.
  • “Furnishing the President’s House, 1800–1840.” William G. Allman, curator, the White House, Washington, D.C.
  • “One House, One Family: Eyre Hall.” H. Furlong Baldwin, descendant and owner, Cheriton, Va., and Baltimore, Md.
  • The Chipstone Lecture. “American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790–1840.” Sumpter T. Priddy III, independent scholar, Alexandria, Va.

    Conference registration must be made in advance and accompanied by the registration fee of $530 per person and full payment of all optional program fees. The conference registration fee includes the opening reception, continental breakfasts, coffee breaks and afternoon refreshments, a closing reception and dinner, all presentations and workshops, and a Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket valid for the duration of the conference. For additional registration information, contact the conference registrar at (757) 220-7255 or toll-free at (800) 603-0948, email or fax (757) 565-8921.

    In addition to the formal program, Forum participants may register for optional private tours of historic homes in the region and hands-on workshops with the Colonial Williamsburg collections. Optional bus trips require pre-registration and an additional fee. Space is limited. All buses depart promptly from the Williamsburg Lodge.
    Bus trips include the following sites:

  • Montpelier and Barboursville Winery, Orange County, Va., with Mark R. Wenger.
  • Rural Seats in Suburban Settings with Ralph Harvard III, antiquarian, New York, N.Y. Visit five 18th-century houses moved from rural Virginia to Richmond.
  • Brooke’s Bank and Elmwood, Essex County, Virginia, with J. Thomas Savage, director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, N.Y.
  • James River Plantations, with Edward Chappell, director, architectural research, Colonial Williamsburg.
  • Jefferson’s Albemarle with Nancy N. Campbell, Colonial Williamsburg, and Sara Lee Barnes, University of Virginia Library Associates.

    Hands-on workshops with Colonial Williamsburg experts will focus on 18th-century floorcloths, Early Republic furniture, ceramic decoration, 18th-century graphics, needlework samplers, oil paintings, early American weapons, care of ceramics and glass, the construction of English brass candlesticks and care of metals.

    Special lodging rates are available for Antiques Forum registrants. To make room and dining reservations, call toll-free (800) 261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information about the Antiques Forum, call toll-free (800) 603-0948 or visit our website at

    Media Contact:
    Sophia Hart
    (757) 220-7272

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