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The Washington Winter Show January 10 - 13, 2013
December 17, 2012  | 

The Washington Winter Show, a charity antiques show, is pleased to announce an exceptional Loan Exhibit, Sporting Pastimes: Art & Objects of Leisure, showcasing both turf and field sports works and notable collectors and artists who were sporting enthusiasts. The exhibit complements the 2013 Washington Winter Show's theme, The Thrill of the Chase: Antiques of the Sporting Life. The Show runs January 11-13, 2013, with Preview Night January 10, at the Katzen Arts Center at American University in Washington, DC.

The Loan Exhibit features American, English, and French vintage and antique items, including paintings, sculpture, prints, attire, equipment, and rare books spanning the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries, primarily from the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia, and is curated by the Museum's Claudia Pfeiffer.

Highlighting the Loan Exhibit are the Meadow Farm silks, the colors of Honorary Washington Winter Show Chair Penny Chenery's Triple Crown-winner Secretariat, on loan from Washington & Lee University.

Other horse racing objects include antique jockey scales from 1790; American Eclipse (c.1834), by Edward Troye, the first important American equine artist; and a stunning bronze sculpture, Fort Marcy (c.1972), by John Rattenbury Skeaping. The latter, a gift of Paul Mellon, depicts one of the top earning thoroughbreds of his famous Rokeby Stable. Mellon wrote of Skeaping's artistry, "Suspended motion captured in bronze....their split-seconds of arrested tension seem caught forever in a kind of crystal clarity."  

Foxhunting is represented by Foxhounds and Terrier in a Stable Interior (1878), one of the finest works on foxhunting by the English artist John Emms, and a striking, mid-19th century British needlepoint fox hunting waistcoat. A coach horn from 1805, used to signal traffic as well as entertain passengers, represents the sport of coaching.

Anglers will be interested in an extraordinary 1653 First Edition of The Compleat Angler, believed to be the third most re-printed book in English, only after the Bible and Shakespeare. Also on exhibit will be a collection of a rare type of highly collectable books decorated with 19th century fore-edge paintings representing the gamut of country sporting pursuits.

For steeplechasing enthusiasts, the exhibit features a painting of Franklin Brooke Voss, Alligator (1929), the timber horse most remembered for winning the 1929 Maryland Hunt Cup and the 1930 International Gold Cup after falling and being remounted in each race. Shooting is interpreted through a set of three 1809 engravings, Pheasant Shooting, Partridge Shooting, and Wild Duck Shooting by the prolific English artist Samuel Howitt.

The Washington Winter Show offers the Loan Exhibit to the public free of charge to further the understanding and appreciation for antiques. General admission tickets to the Show, which include the Show catalogue, are $20 for the run of the Show.

Forty-five premier dealers from the United States and Europe will offer a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, and architectural garden accents during the Show. The Presenting Sponsor of the Show is PNC Financial Services. The Washington Winter Show offers a number of exciting events: A champagne reception for sponsors, benefactors and designers and an opening night reception on Thursday, January 10; a lecture and luncheon on Friday, January 11, featuring a speaker from a well-known design house in Paris; and a lecture on Saturday by two speakers from one of the highest-profile yearly sporting events, followed by a Jazz Night party on Saturday, January 12. Appraisers will be available on Saturday morning for a small fee and ticket holders to the Show also enjoy the popular dealer talks and guided walks by noted interior designers.

The Katzen Center offers ample free parking during Show hours. For more information, please visit

The Washington Winter Show was founded in December 2009 by the former Trustees of the Washington Antiques Show to raise funds for local charities that serve the needs of children and families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area by sponsoring an annual antiques and fine arts show. 

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