Washington Winter Show celebrates over 200 Years of Georgetown style

Photo by Judith Beermann
Malcom Matheson, Kate Chartener, Debbie Winsor and Colvin Matheson
Malcom Matheson, Kate Chartener, Debbie Winsor and Colvin Matheson
With a new name, new venue, and three new beneficiary charities, the inaugural Washington Winter Show (formerly Washington Antiques Show) opened Thursday evening at the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

When friends and Georgetowners Debbie Winsor (designer) and Kate Chartener (historic preservationist) were asked to co-chair the 2011 show, they “were thrilled to do it.”  With an opportunity to select the theme, it didn’t take them long to come up with Georgetown, “which seemed a perfect fit for a show long held in this Federal city.”  
 
Sir Nigel and Lady Sheinwald with Leslie Buhler (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sir Nigel and Lady Sheinwald with Leslie Buhler

An extraordinary signature exhibit on loan from historic Tudor Place includes artifacts from six generations of the Peter family, its Georgetown owners. Leslie Buhler, Executive Director introduced the collection of everyday objects, letters, clothing, and jewelry spanning 1750-1983 to Honorary Chairs, His Excellency Sir Nigel Elton Sheinwald, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States, and Lady  Sheinwald.
Kate Chartener, Frank Randolph and Debbie Winsor (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kate Chartener, Frank Randolph and Debbie Winsor

Spread over three floors, 45 premier dealers from the U.S. and Europe showed an exquisite range of period furnishings and decorative arts (with emphasis on the Federal period), vintage jewelry, porcelain, ceramics, silver and architectural accents.
Busch & Fielding Antiquities (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Busch & Fielding Antiquities

Busch & Fielding, dealers from Missouri who’ve been coming to the Washington show for 12 years specialize in late 18th and 19th century French antiques. Dennis Busch explained how their copper is “lacquered for preservation the same way the Smithsonian does it.”
Steven and Leon Weiss of Gemini Antiques (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Steven and Leon Weiss of Gemini Antiques

For twins Leon and Steven Weiss, Gemini Antiques is more than their sign, it's also their business. As kids, they turned a family coin and stamp collection into “one of the leading penny bank collections in the country.” Leon and Steven  seen above posing with “Reclining Chinaman Toy Bank” circa 1890 and “American Tin Clockwork Ironclad Monitor” from 1870, one of only five known to be in existence, and worth $48,000.

The 2011 Washington Winter Show beneficiaries are the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, Starlight MidAtlantic, THEARC, and The Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services.

The show runs from January 7-9th. For tickets, and more information, including "Eye on Design" lecture and buffet luncheon on Verdura jewelry (Friday), Jazz Night (Saturday) and appraisals (Sunday), contact www.washingtonwintershow.org.