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Anne Robichaux, The Historic New Orleans Collection
504.598.7137 |

Sarah Chambless Federer, Gambel Communications
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2017 New Orleans Antiques Forum set for Aug. 3-6
Registration will open Monday, June 5


WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection

WHAT: 2017 New Orleans Antiques Forum, "In Their Hands: Creative Masters of Southern Decorative Arts"

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 3-Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017
Thursday, Aug. 3: Optional preconference bus trip to Baton Rouge and St. James Parish, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
The preconference tour is limited to full-forum registrants. Separate registration is required.

Friday, Aug. 4: Sessions, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 6: Sessions, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
French Quarter Open House, 3:30-5 p.m.
An afternoon of shopping at French Antique Shop Inc., Keil's Antiques, Moss Antiques and Royal Antiques.

Sunday, Aug. 7: Sessions, 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Optional jazz brunch at Arnaud's Restaurant, 12:30 p.m.
Separate registration is required for the jazz brunch.

WHERE: All forum sessions will take place at THNOC's Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., in the French Quarter, and most other activities take place at locations in the French Quarter. The preconference bus trip will explore decorative arts collections at three sites in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

HOW: Registration opens Monday, June 5, and packages start at $100. The optional programs require separate registration and are only open to forum participants. The New Orleans Antiques Forum is known to sell out, and those interested in attending are encouraged to act quickly. For more information, visit or call 504.523.4662.

WHY: The 2017 New Orleans Antiques Forum, "In Their Hands: Creative Masters of Southern Decorative Arts," will take place Thursday, Aug. 3-Sunday, Aug. 6. This year's event will examine the artistry and influence of the individuals who crafted the decorative arts collected in the South.

The 2017 event will feature 12 presentations on topics such as Newcomb pottery, furniture maker John Henry Belter, German silversmiths in New Orleans, and the portraitist Jacques Amans. This year's panel of speakers include decorative arts experts affiliated with the San Antonio Museum of Art, Sotheby's New York, Ceramics in America, THNOC, and more. Tom Savage of the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library will return as the forum's moderator.

The program also features two optional events. The preconference bus tour to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Thursday, Aug. 3, will include Perique, Bagatelle Plantation and Magnolia Mound Plantation. Following the forum's final session, participants are invited to a Sunday jazz brunch at Arnaud's Restaurant. Visit for more details.

The Historic New Orleans Collection established the New Orleans Antiques Forum in 2008 to boost cultural tourism in New Orleans and south Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. This year marks the 10th installment of the event, which offers a series of educational and entertaining talks by renowned experts. Sessions are accessible to experienced collectors as well as beginning antiques enthusiasts and are designed to encourage the appreciation of decorative arts created in and imported through the Gulf Coast. In its tenure, the New Orleans Antiques Forum has grown to become one of the premier events of its kind.

The 2017 New Orleans Antiques Forum is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection with support from Neal Auction Company. Additional support provided by Arbor House Floral; Arnaud's Restaurant; Baptist Community Ministries; City Sightseeing New Orleans; Conerly Floral; Country Roads Magazine; French Antique Shop Inc.; History Antiques and Interiors; Hotel Monteleone; Keil's Antiques; Lightner Museum; Magnolia Mound Plantation; Milling Benson Woodward, LLP; Moss Antiques; New Orleans & Me; New Orleans Convention and Visitor Bureau; New Orleans Silversmiths; New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp.; Pel Hughes Printing; Premium Parking; Royal Antiques and World Trade Center, New Orleans.

Editor's Notes:
• Media representatives are invited to interview the speakers and event organizers. For more information, contact Anne Robichaux at or 504.598.7137.
• Photos are available upon request. Please contact Anne Robichaux at or 504.598.7137 for digital images.


About The Historic New Orleans Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Collection offers guided tours, free rotating exhibitions, a research facility and a museum shop. For more information, visit or call 504.523.4662.