Connoisseur-Shop

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What do Charleston, Orlando, Palm Beach, Thomasville and Greenville all have in common? A great way to shop for antique majolica, campaign furniture, English silver, French porcelain figures, Ottoman carpets, portrait miniatures of people and their dogs, and more, all in one day…and without wearing out your Blahniks.

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How? Just plan your trip to any of these beautiful Southern destinations to coincide with their annual antiques shows.¬† Organized by volunteers to raise funds for art museums, historic preservation, and children’s charities, the shows feature the best antiques dealers from within and beyond the south, as well as lectures by design professionals such as Charlotte Moss, Bunny Williams, and Bobby McAlpine.

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I’ve had to pleasure to speak at several shows over the last few years, all organized by show manager Charlie Miller, whose extensive contacts and expertise guarantee the best quality and variety of antiques. At most shows, he offers a walk-through or lecture providing tips about collecting and connoisseurship.

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Coming up soon, don’t miss the Orlando Museum of Art’s Antiques Show and Sale, organized by Council 101 to benefit the museum. Running from February 19th to 21st, the show includes a lecture by Mary Palmer Dargan, ASLA. Show manager Charlie Miller will also offer appraisals. For more information, visit http://www.omart.org/programs/antiques-show-sale

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The following weekend brings the annual Thomasville Antiques Show, running from previews on February 25th through  February 26th and 27th. The historic charm of Thomasville itself, a hunting destination of note since the early 20th century, makes the trip worthwhile. But the show is the main event, with everything from glittering jewelry to sporting art. Acclaimed design professionals P. Allen Smith, Laura Hunt, and Gil Shafer will speak, and Charlie Miller will give a talk on How to Shop the Show. For more information, visit http://www.thomasvilleantiquesshow.com

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Keep an eye out for an upcoming Connoisseur-shop article about the Charleston Art and Antiques Show, which takes place March 19th-21st and benefits Historic Charleston Foundation. For more information, visit www.historiccharleston.org.

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