Dr. Reinier Baarsen, Senior Curator of Furniture, Rijksmuseum

Special Lectures


Delaware Antiques Show general admission tickets include all special lectures.


Keynote Lecture


"Amsterdam Splendor: European Decorative Arts in the New Rijksmuseum"

Dr. Reinier Baarsen

Friday, November 11, 10:00 am (show opens at 11:00 am)

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Honorary Co-Chair of the Delaware Antiques Show and distinguished furniture scholar Reinier Baarsen reveals the extraordinary collection of European decorative arts under his care at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Dr. Baarsen studied art history at Leiden University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1993. He has worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and as a consultant at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu and has held the positions of curator of Silver and Gold as well as Head of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Rijksmuseum. He now serves there as Senior Curator of Furniture. Baarsen is the author of the sumptuous, scholarly, and eminently readable Paris, 1650 – 1900: Decorative Arts in the Rijksmuseum. Lecture included with admission.

Rosalie Hooper
Emelie Gevalt

Weekend Lectures

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"Winterthur Program in American Material Culture Presents Young Scholars"

Saturday, November 12, 2:00 pm

Rosalie Hooper, Project Curatorial Assistant, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur
"The Complicated Lives of Inanimate Objects: A Case (Furniture) Study"

Enjoy this case-study of a chest-on-frame from the Winterthur collection. Examine alterations made to this object as groundwork for a persuasive argument for the acceptance of broad definitions of “creation” and “authenticity.”

Emelie Gevalt, Lois F. McNeil Fellow, Winterthur
"Traces of Philadelphia in Early Silkwork Picture"

A favorite among collectors for more than a century, samplers and needlework pictures can serve as rare links to the personal experiences of girls and young women of the era. Re-investigate the origins of an unsigned, elaborate silkwork picture from the Winterthur collection and enjoy a tantalizing sense of connection to early American history.



Margaret Beck Pritchard

"More Than Meets the Eye: What Maps of Early America Reveal"

Sunday, November 13, 2:00 pm

During her 38-year tenure at Colonial Williamsburg, Margaret Pritchard, Deputy Chief Curator, Colonial Williamsburg, has distinguished herself as a leading expert in the areas of print, historic wallpaper, and maps. Her landmark publication Degrees of Latitude: Mapping Colonial America (with co-author Henry G. Taliaferro) mines the Colonial Williamsburg collection of maps as tools to understand America’s past. This engaging talk will examine the many devices early American mapmakers used to express political agendas and social values.

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