The Washington Antiques Show, otherwise known as the Washington Winter Show, is going on now through January 14, 2018 at the The Katzen Arts Center at American University in Washington, DC. And it’s fantastic. The show consists of several floors of wonderfully curated antiques, special events and lectures. On the day we visited there was a lively crowd of beautifully dressed party guests, lookers and shoppers. This year’s theme was “The Charm of Chinoiserie.” We saw some cool old framed flags, incredible estate jewelry, beautiful furniture, lovely silver pieces, and (given the theme) a bit of wonderful chinoiserie. The prices seemed inline with what you might expect and in some cases – less! Always a good thing.

One of the biggest events of the show each year is the lecture and luncheon. We were fortunate enough to attend this sold out event thanks to our fabulous friend Maria and her business partner Pamela and it was a memorable day to be certain. This year’s speaker, and honorary chair, was interior designer and author Charlotte Moss. She’s a rock star and a good speaker who presented a slide show of places we all need to go. She was witty and smart and her pictures from chateaus, private European gardens and architecturally awesome public spaces were absolutely amazing. An elegant woman named Sweet Dupuy was this year’s show chair. She and her committee had created stylish table settings for the event with blue and white striped tablecloths and blue chinoiserie bowls stuffed with white orchids and white freshly cut flowers. Each table had little gifts for attendees. The space where the luncheon is held has sky high ceilings and it’s always filled with bright light, even on a day with rain showers. We’d like to be back in the same spot next year.

Show hours are today (Saturday) from 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Tickets look extremely limited but check out the website to see what’s still available by clicking here.

Might As Well Go There Yourself
The Washington Winter Show/The Washington Antiques Show
January 12-14, 2018
Katzen Arts Center at American University