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Bonhams, the only international auctioneering firm with a dedicated office located in Washington, D.C., will hold a Spring Exhibition Weekend at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown April 27-28.
Bonhams will present major highlights from international spring auctions held in London and New York, giving attendees the opportunity to preview some of the most exciting items coming up for auction in 2013 worldwide.
Coinciding with the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, the Bonhams Spring Exhibition Weekend is a “must-see” event for locals and visitors alike during the exciting weekend.
Fine paintings on offer by such luminaries as Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Mel Ramos, and Eastman Johnson will grace the walls of the event space, complimented by displays of fine jewelry, rare books and decorative arts, including fine Chinese Snuff bottles.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to obtain auction estimates for their fine art and antiques by Bonhams international roster of specialists. Bonhams has a proven track record of achieving excellent results with auction items sourced in the DC area. Recent notable discoveries in the D.C. area include a James Carol Beckwith painting found in Virginia (shown above) and sold at Bonhams New York for $236,000 as well as a “Shanbodong” jade figure of Pindola by Yang Yuxuan from the Qing Dynasty found in Washington DC and sold at Bonhams Hong Kong for $495,200. A world-record was achieved at Bonhams London for a Vasili Dmitrievich Polenov painting from Virginia, which sold for $6,366,450.
"The variety of the items seen by our specialists at these events is truly amazing. Many do not realize what their personal treasure could be worth, and most are pleasantly surprised!" said Tricia Treaccar, Bonhams Manager of Business Development, and appraisal event coordinator.
The exhibition is free and open to the public from 11:00 am-6:00 pm on Saturday, April 27 and 12:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, April 28.
Auction estimates for furniture, decorative arts, paintings, books and jewelry are available on April 27 by appointment - please contact Dr. Martin Gammon, Vice President of Business Development and Museum Services at Bonhams in Washington, D.C,.at 202.333.1696.
Join over 40 Georgetown boutiques, antique shops, restaurants and galleries for the 10th annual Georgetown French Market. Festivities are from 10:am-5:00 pm this Friday, April 19 and Saturday April 20 along the Book Hill section of upper Wiscconsin Avenue.
In addiiton to savings up to 75% off deisgner fashion, art and antiques home furnishings, there's live entertainment, and fun for the whole family.
The Georgetown French Market is Wisconsin Avenue between P Street and Reservoir Road.
Emancipation Day is April 16th, and a holiday for the District of Columbia. Commemorating President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, each year, a series of activities are held including the traditional Emancipation Day parade celebrating the freedom of enslaved persons in the District of Columbia.
The Emancipation Day celebration was held yearly from 1866 to 1901, and was resumed as a tradition and historic celebration in 2002.
For a complete list of Emancipation Day events, click here.
And check with DDOT on holiday traffic and parking restrictions here.