Darien Antiques Show in its 46th year

Celebrating its 46th year, the Darien Antiques Show, which takes place March 1 to 3, will feature more than 30 exhibitors showcasing numerous fine antiques, including furniture, carpets, paintings, jewelry, posters and pottery.

The show opens at the First Congregational Church, 14 Brookside Road, Darien, with a preview party on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the show benefit a number of charitable organizations, including Inspirica, formerly St. Luke's Lifeworks, which is the primary beneficiary of the preview party. The sponsors are William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty, Darien Rowayton Bank and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

Among the dealers from Connecticut are Brennan & Mouilleseaux of Northfield, which will offer a mix of period to mid-century modern furniture and accessories and antique garden furniture and ornaments; Martin Chasin Fine Arts of Fairfield, British sporting art paintings and prints, antique British and Biedemeier silver and antique Irish crystal; Hanes & Ruskin of Old Lyme, period American furniture to 1840 and accessories, fine schoolgirl needlework and early English ceramics; Old Beautiful of Clinton, early American furniture, glass and related appointments and artwork; Black Swan Antiques of Washington, fine continental furniture and accessories, 18th-century Dutch tiles and ledger paper furniture and mirrors; S&H Rugs Gallery of Danbury, antique Persian and Caucasian rugs; Sears and Tither of Somers, sterling and coin silver, flatware and hollow ware, ceramics, Staffordshire Wedgwood and colored glass; Find Weatherly of Westport, marine and equine art and 18th- and 19th-century American furniture, including tiger maple; Joseph Collins of Middletown, Americana and period accessories of the 18th and 19th centuries; Beach House Antiques of Norwalk, American furniture, maps, and English, continental and Asian porcelains and decorative accessories; Witchtree Antiques of Woodbury, Oriental porcelains, English china, crystal, silver and English furniture; D and D Antiques of Newtown, European and American objets d'art, porcelain, and small furniture; and Lynne Ward of Norwalk, antique botanical, natural history, fashion and architectural prints.

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From New York, the dealers include Tanya Yacaub Antiques & Interiors of White Plains, a mixture of 19th-century English furnishings and objects with more modern design accent pieces; J. Gallagher of North Norwich, antique American fireplace equipment and fine American furniture and furnishings; Brad Reh, estate jewelry; Jaime's Antiques of Briarcliff Manor, Edwardian, Victorian and vintage jewelry, picture frames and bookends; and Glenbrook Antiques, 18th- and 19th-century formal furniture and decorative accessories, American artwork, china and crystal.

Massachusetts dealers include, among others, Paul Martinez Antiques of Westminster, European art pottery and glass from the late 19th to 20th century; and David and Donna Kmetz, fine art featuring New England impressionists from the late 19th to mid-20th century.

William Nickerson Antiques, New England furniture, both formal and country, from 1750 to 1850, and whale oil lamps and marine paintings; Fair Trade Inc., Anglo-Indian furniture and decorative effects, lighting, and fine Indian gold jewelry; Blue Heron Fine Art, 19th- and 20th-century American paintings.

From Maine and New Hampshire, Nicole Fine Art & Antiques of Newcastle, American paintings, formal furniture and rugs; Martin Ferrick of Lincolnville, American furniture, 1780 to 1830, and fine art; and Appleton Manor Gallery of New Ipswich, antique American, English, and continental furniture and accessories.

Fom New Jersey, Vintage Poster Art of Monroe Township, European-sourced fine vintage poster art.

"Some dealers reserve special items just for our show," said Patricia Hedlund, who, with Janet Soskin, chooses some new dealers each year to enliven the mix.

Admission to the party is $50 at the door and includes weekend admission to the show. Tickets to the show are $10 at the door; $8 for seniors and discount card/ad holders. A cafe is open Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, visit www.DarienAntiqueShow.org or call 203-655-0491.