The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts’ 40th Annual Antiques Show and Sale will kick off on Friday, Feb. 21. This year’s show features special guest Dean Six.
The "inspiration, driving force and executive director" of the Museum of American Glass in Weston, West Virginia, Mr. Six has written extensively on glass and pottery, including recent books on Viking glass, West Virginia glass, Noritake, and Franciscan china. His own interest in glass began, he says, “when I was nine-years-old, living in rural West Virginia. My siblings and I gathered pop (soda) bottles from along the road we lived on. When our mother went to the grocery each week, we took them and received 3 cents for each bottle. Once, a bottle we had gathered was rejected as "too old," so we took it back home. A co-worker of my father offered us $15 for the bottle. I immediately realized that all bottles were not created equal. My father, brother and grandfather joined me in seeking other old bottles and soon the glass bug was launched. Bottles spread to pressed glass to art glass, and that ever-broadening circle of interest has never slowed or retracted for nearly a half century.”
Mr. six will offer show-goers written glass identification on Friday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Limited to glass only, maximum five objects each person). He will present a lecture on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., titled “ A Survey of American Collectible Glass, 1840-1970: Lacy, Victorian and Mid-Century and a wee bit more.” Post-lecture, he will offer written glass identification from 2-4 p.m. Mr .Six will lecture on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. on “Tips for New Collectors & What’s Hot in Glass Now and Tomorrow.”
“The annual show remains the major fundraiser for the Houston, and enables us to showcase the collection and do selected exhibits during each year,” said Board Member Marilyn Hoke. “The community has always been so supportive of this show—and we believe having Dean with us this year gives us something extra-special to offer visitors.”
Media sponsors are WUTC, WTCI and WSMC. Business sponsors include the First Tennessee Foundation, The Trust Company, Weldon F. Osborne Foundation, Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Legg Memorial Fund, Jewell Memorial Foundation, and The Byrum Consulting Group.
THe 2014 Antiques Show & Sale Benefiting Chattanooga’s Houston Museum will be held at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. on Feb. 21-22 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Feb. 23 from 12-4 p.m.
Admission is $15 for all three days. For more information call 267-7176 or visit www.thehoustonmuseum.org.
The Houston Museum's Antiques Show And Sale is Feb. 21-23.