Antiques, and More

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, February 27, 1998

Go with me? If you love the stuff on regular view at the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, you'll go wild over this weekend's show at the Trade Center. It's the 24th annual benefit for the museum and its educational programs, so a trip to the show has long-time effects on the community.

And what a lineup! Furniture, clocks, and oriental rugs. Books and brass and linens and glass. The ceramics include Staffordshire, Wedgwood, majolica and flow blue.

How many exhibitors from how many states? Thirty-four exhibitors are coming from New Jersey and Colorado and Florida and all points between. There are ten new ones this year, broadening the range and variety of things you can see and buy.

And those educational programs? They reach thousands of children each year as Andrea Kreyer, Educational Director, goes into the schools to explain music boxes, glass blowing, or life in Victorian times.

Of course, a guided tour through the museum is an educational adventure too. If the show at the Trade Center whets your appetite for learning more about what you've seen (or bought), spend some time at 201 High Street browsing the permanent collection that began with Anna Safely Houston.

One of the most interesting things to watch for is the flow blue Staffordshire. Many of the designs in the deep cobalt are geometric or floral, but historic scenes were popular too. There's one of Lafayette landing at Castle Harbor in 1824, and something very local - 1880's scenes of Moccasin Bend and Point Park. The museum is open Monday-Saturday and the first tour begins at 9:30. See you there.

Houston Museum of Decorative Arts, Chattanooga
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