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George Washington's Mount Vernon Celebrated as Part of The Washington Winter Show

Allison Brooks
By Allison Brooks
Posted on Jan 11,2019
Filed Under Entertainment , Local Style,

WASHINGTON, DC. - The 2019 Washington Winter Show ( runs Thursday, January 10 through Sunday, January 13 at American University’s Katzen Arts Center.  Dozens of European and American art and antiques dealers are in town at American University's Katzen Arts Center this weekend for the Washington Winter Show, now in its 64th year. This makes it the oldest continuously running antiques event in country, second only to the annual show in New York City.

The Show highlights over 40 dealers from across the US and Europe. Events include a luncheon, lectures, cocktail parties, and much more!  The 2019 Loan Exhibit, “The Pleasure of Your Company: Elegant Entertaining with George and Martha Washington,” is presented by George Washington’s Mount Vernon.  

During the four decades of their enduring marriage, George and Martha Washington hosted thousands of dinner guests, whether at Mount Vernon, at the General’s many Revolutionary War headquarters, or at the presidential residences in New York and Philadelphia.

Curated by Susan P. Schoelwer and Stephen A. McLeod of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the display features a wide variety of original objects that vividly illustrate the Washingtons’ personal style of elegant entertaining, including examples of their many porcelain services, beautiful silver that graced their tables, and an expertly-crafted replica of the harpsichord purchased by the General for his step-granddaughter Eleanor (Nelly) Parke Custis in 1793.

In addition, commemorative china, decorated with portraits of the Washingtons or views of Mount Vernon, suggests how collectors can bring the Washingtons’ tradition of hospitality into their homes today. Through a fascinating selection of tablewares, furniture, historic artwork and compelling personal accounts, their exhibit offers a glimpse of the busy social lives of George and Martha Washington, on their ceaseless stream of household guests and those who served them, and on the ways in which their hospitality illuminates the culture of the early American Republic.

The Winter Show's executive board carefully vetted hundreds of vendors who applied for positions at the show, occupying multiple levels of the Katzen Center.  The theme of the 64th annual Show is Elegant Entertaining. From the first dinners at Mount Vernon to today’s casual cocktail parties, entertaining is woven throughout American lives. Creating beautiful spaces and experiences for our loved ones is the joy and fun of being a host. While the main elements of entertaining have remained the same for hundreds of years - styles, methods, and
approaches have evolved and fashions have changed.  This show will be a fascinating exploration of our country's finest and the best of decorative items, jewelry, and furniture from around the world.

LECTURE AND LUNCHEON - Friday, January 11, 2019 10:30 am
The Friday Lecture and Luncheon will feature celebrated event designer and producer, Bronson van Wyck. He is celebrated for a style of entertaining that combines wit and sophistication with the gracious warmth of his Southern upbringing. Bronson is the author of “Born to Party, Forced to Work: 21st Century Entertaining” which will release in Fall 2019 from Phaidon.

DESIGNER PANEL-Saturday, January 12, 2019 11:00 am

Whitney Robinson, editor-in-chief of ELLE DECOR magazine, will moderate the Saturday Designer Panel.
Panelists include Leanne Ford, star of HGTV’s “Restored by the Fords,” and celebrated interior designer’s Sarah Bartholomew and Eddie Ross.

SATURDAY LECTURE-Saturday, January 12, 2019 4:30 pm
William Allman, former White House curator, will present "'The President Requests the Pleasure': Entertaining at the White House."

The 2019 Loan Exhibit, “The Pleasure of Your Company: Elegant Entertaining with George and Martha Washington,” is presented by George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Tickets may be purchased online (  

The beneficiaries of the 2019 Show will be The Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services, the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, and THEARC.

Show Chairs: Marilouise Sibley Avery and Johanna Bayly Howe
Honorary Chair: Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the United States and Canada

Show Executive Director: Jonathan G. Willen
Presenting Sponsor: PNC Bank

Instagram Handle: @WashingtonWinterShow
Facebook Page: Washington Winter Show

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