The Houston Museum Antiques Show & Sale returns to Stratton Hall in Chattanooga, Feb. 28–March 1. The show is a perennial favorite, drawing antique collectors from throughout the region.
Exhibitors will include dozens of booths offering a wide and varied selection of jewelry, furniture, rugs, African art, art pottery, glass from some of the country’s top antiques dealers and glass specialists, said officials.
This year, the Show & Sale will also include an Antique Appraisal Fair on Saturday, Feb. 29, featuring appraisers who work around the region.
There will also be two restoration experts providing consultations on metal items, such as plate, coin and brass; and on porcelain, pottery and glass crystal.
“In addition to serving as a fundraiser for the Houston Museum, the annual Antique Show & Sale is almost like a family reunion for us, because it draws art glass lovers, glass professionals, and antique collectors from all over the Southeast,” said Amy Autenreith, executive director of the Houston Museum. “Presenting an annual event uninterrupted for 46 years feels pretty special. We see old friends we’ve known for years and fresh faces that are just beginning to explore this field that we love. It’s a very special time."
The Antique Appraisal Fair will be Feb. 29, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Appraisers who have committed to participate include:
Joe Rosson, Knoxville, general line
Rick Crane, Knoxville, glass specialty
Sarah Drury, Case Antiques Inc., Nashville/Knoxville, general line
David Case, Case Antiques Inc., Kingsport, general line
James Allen, Chattanooga, rugs
“We’re very excited to offer expert appraisals again, which is something people have requested,” said Ms. Autenreith.
Pre-registration is required. Guests can bring up to three objects for appraisal, at a cost of $25 per object. Appraisal appointments are 10 minutes and are available from 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and from 1–4 p.m. Beginning on Thursday, guests must pre-register for a morning or afternoon slot, via email to email@example.com.
Objects that can be appraised: furniture (photos are okay if the object is too large), glass, porcelain, silver, art, Asian items, oriental rugs, documents.
These objects cannot be appraised: Native American items, firearms, pre-Columbian artifacts, fossils.
To protect valuable antiques, and to avoid potential liability for the Museum, Antique Show volunteers will not be permitted to carry objects any objects for appraisal.
The three-day Antiques Show and Sale will be held at Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St. and hosted by the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, a boutique museum in Chattanooga’s Bluff View Arts District.
Admission is $10 and covers all three days of the show: Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sunday March 1, noon–4 p.m.
The Antique Appraisal Fair will be Feb. 29, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Show & Sale kicks off with a preview party Thursday, Feb. 27, that is not included in the general admission price. Preview party tickets are $75, which includes unlimited access to all three days of the event.
For more information call 267-7176, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.thehoustonmuseum.org.