Photo by Arthur Guy Kaplan
Brooch signed Patek Philip
Brooch signed Patek Philip

Yacht Club trophy in 1853 and is inscribed: “ New York Yacht Club 3rd Class Prize 1st day/ Awared to Yacht Alpha/ Regatta of 1853  Owner Robert R. Morris was an early member of the NYYC and won many regattas in his sloop Alpha. (Photo by: Spencer Marks Antiques) Yacht Club trophy in 1853 and is inscribed: “ New York Yacht Club 3rd Class Prize 1st day/ Awared to Yacht Alpha/ Regatta of 1853 Owner Robert R. Morris was an early member of the NYYC and won many regattas in his sloop Alpha.

A special highlight of "Ports of Call," the theme of this year's Washington Winter Show at the Katzen Arts Center, is the 2015 loan exhibit, "Vessels of Victory" featuring the America's Cup and other trophies in the maritime tradition.

Included in this very special exhibit is a collection of silver trophies awarded both for victory in naval battles and in competitive sailing.  A long-standing tradition of presentation pieces of silver, awarded to naval heroes in the early years of the United States and continuing today for maritime achievement, are represented. From the Quasi-War with France to the contemporary sailing races and regattas, over a dozen examples of sliver trophies will be on view, including The America’s Cup trophy, on loan from Oracle Team USA, winner of the 2013 race.

Thomas Buttersworth Circa 1890/ 18x30 inches oil on canvas.  The royal Yacht leaving Leith Harbor after the state visit of King George IV to Scotland. (Photo by: David Brooker Fne Art) Thomas Buttersworth Circa 1890/ 18x30 inches oil on canvas. The royal Yacht leaving Leith Harbor after the state visit of King George IV to Scotland.

During Washington's annual premier three-day antiques show, forty-five premier dealers from the United States and Europe will offer a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, and architectural garden accents.

St. John’s Community Services, The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys and THEARC have been named beneficiaries of this year’s show. Over a quarter of a million dollars in proceeds has been donated to local charities that serve the needs of children and families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area since January 2011.

On Friday, Amy Herman, a former attorney and museum professional, who brings a unique perspective to the arts, will be the featured speaker at "The Art of Perception" lecture and luncheon.  Amy began her career in the museum field at The Frick Collection on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Not long after working as The Frick's Head of Education, Amy developed an art analysis program that has been adopted by more than just curators, called The Art of Perception. Amy's "students" include the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Department of Justice, New York City Police Department, as well as major museums, hospitals, medical schools, and universities across the country.

English Staffordshire plate. Ca. 1820-30 a paddlewheeler of the Troy (NY) line. (Photo by: Beck's Antiques) English Staffordshire plate. Ca. 1820-30 a paddlewheeler of the Troy (NY) line.

Historian and world-class sailor, Gary Jobson will headline Saturday's lecture along with members of Oracle Team USA. Hobson will moderate a panel and share stories about the Oracle Team's successful defence of the America's Cup trophy.

For a full schedule of events, hours, and tickets, click here.

The Katzen Arts Center American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.