Enjoy a VIP Day the 64th annual Winter Antiques Show! Arrive before the Show opens to the public for a tour led by one of our world-renowned exhibitors, then enjoy a delicious lunch in the historic Herter Brothers-designed Board of Officers Room. Ticket permits re-entry to the Show for the remainder of the day. Sold out.
Barry L. Shifman
Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Decorative Arts, VMFA
VMFA’s internationally-renowned collection of decorative arts from 1890 to 1935 is comprised of numerous objects from Virginia collectors Lillian Thomas Pratt and Sydney and Frances Lewis. The extraordinary collection of Russian decorative arts assembled by Lillian Thomas Pratt in the 1930s and 1940s boasts more than 170 objects by Karl Fabergé, including five imperial Easter Eggs. In 1947 the more than five hundred works were donated in her memory. These have been recently reinstalled in VMFA’s suite of five Russian galleries. Complementing the Pratt’s European holdings are generous contributions from Sydney and Frances Lewis of Richmond. From the early 1970s, the Lewises acquired masterpieces by celebrated artists—including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Hector Guimard, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Eileen Gray, among others—to form an exceptional group of works in the Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles. “Decorative Arts at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Masterpieces of Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco” will feature the remarkable history of these two collections.
Please note that the Show closes to the public at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, January 23.