Antiques with a greater purpose.

 

The Cincinnati Art & Antiques Festival has been a part of the fabric of Cincinnati since 1966. A high-end antiques show, and a show with a philanthropic benefit were both relatively new concepts at the time. But the nine volunteers, called Angels, were definitely on to something. Not only has the show continued to grow and evolve over the past five decades, but also it has raised millions of dollars for the Convalescent Hospital for Children, thanks to a roster of hundreds of volunteers.

The first Festival welcomed eighteen distinguished antiques dealers, and earned a net profit of almost five thousand dollars. As the tradition continued over the decades, a festival could be expected to showcase nearly fifty different antiques vendors, and would earn well over $100,000 for the Convalescent Hospital.

The Festival’s most prominent location has been Cincinnati’s beloved landmark, Music Hall. However, it was initially held at the Carousel Inn, the Alms Hotel and the Sharonville Convention Center.

The Angel Gabriel has been the group’s symbol since 1970, symbolic of both hope and strength of their purpose. As we enter our 51st year, we celebrate our move to the Anderson Pavilion at Smale Park. We applaud a new group of home decor vendors and artisans.  We proudly our announce our new name, Designing Cincinnati. Yet the Angel Gabriel remains our beacon and our mission remains steadfast to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

 

Past Speakers & Events

  • 1966. First year of Festival - no lecture
  • 1967. Peter Spang, Deerfield
  • 1968. Frances Jones Poetker, New Arrangements and Antique Treasures
  • 1969. No lecture: House tour and brunch
  • 1970. Richard Haupt and John Diehl, Historic Sleuthing With Antiques
  • Mrs. Irwin Abel, Restoration of Locust Grove
  • 1971. Peter A. G. Brown, Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Collectors
  • 1972. Charles Hummel, Regional Characteristics of Antique Furniture
  • Gail C Belden, Winterthur Revisited
  • 1973. Carl Crossman, The China Trade in America
  • Robert L. Raley, An Architect Collects
  • Also, Ronald Bourgeault for appraisals---Fake or Genuine?
  • 1974. Louise Belden, Colonial Party Tables
  • Sir Humphrey Wakefield, Furniture Pictured in the Context of History
  • Edward R. Gilbert, The Care of Your Antiques
  • 1975. The Hon. Desmond Guiness, Irish Castles and Houses
  • Graham Hood, Antique Furniture of Williamsburg
  • 1976. Clement E. Conger, Masterpieces of Americana: Diplomatic Reception Rooms in the State Department
  • 1977. Kathryn Barrett, Transplant With Heart
  • Marian Maeve O’Brien, Old is New And Beautiful
  • 1978. Mrs. Louise Belden, Identifying Early American Silver
  • Mrs. Mary Russell, The Bishop’s Garden
  • 1979. Russell Carrell, Collecting Antiques, Past and Present
  • 1980 Joe Kindig III, Development of American Furniture as an Art Form
  • Libbey Hodges Oliver, Christmas Decorations at Williamsburg
  • 1981 Donald Friary, Collecting Antiques for Historic Deerfield
  • Mrs. Richard Barrett, Houses Migrated, Too
  • 1982 Mario Buatta, Decorating for Today
  • 1983 Elinor Gordon, Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain
  • William R. Dalzell, English Treasures
  • 1984. Nancy Goyne Evans, American Windsor Furniture
  • 1985. Marilyn Hart, Identifying and Authenticating Antique American Furniture
  • 1986 Martha Stewart, Entertaining With Your Collections
  • 1987 Eugene Kupjack, Miniature Rooms
  • 1988 Sarah Callander, Revivalism: The Evolution of the Laura Ashley Style
  • 1989 Jessie McNab, Silver Through the Ages
  • Douglas Shaffer, Sunday Symposium: Collecting Clocks
  • 1990 Mary Meyer: Antique Dolls
  • 1991. Peter J Hatch, Director of Grounds, Monticello
  • 1992. David Easton, The American House
  • 1993. Adriana Scalamandre Bitter, Classic Fabrics, Historic Houses
  • 1994. Mr. Richard Miller, Curator, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center.
  • 1995. Ms. Alexandra Stoddard: Nature’s Color Into Your Home
  • 1996. Mr. Rex W. Sconten, Curator, The White House
  • Mr. John E. Zweifel: The White House in Miniature
  • 1997. Anita Ellis: Rookwood Pottery
  • Cari Sampson: Cincinnati Artists
  • Geoffrey Giglierano, Cincinnati Historian, Civil War
  • 1998. Bunny Williams: Interior Designer
  • George Read, Contributing Editor “Southern Accents”
  • 1999. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Interior Designer, Author
  • 2000. Richard Oliver, Floral Designer, NY Metropolitan Museum
  • 2001. Tom Savage, Director, Sotheby’s
  • 2002. Sheila Chefetz, Antiques for the Table
  • 2003. Carolyne Roehm
  • 2004. Alexa Hampton and Markham Roberts (Top 10 Designer)
  • 2005. Charlotte Moss
  • 2006. Don Evers Corley, Charleston Silver
  • 2007. Preston Bailey, “Inspirations and Transformations”
  • 2008. Carleton Varney, Decorating Is Fun! Dorothy Draper
  • 2009. William Yeoward, Perfect Tables
  • 2010. Leigh Keyno, “Hidden Treasures” TV program
  • 2011. Susan Sully
  • 2012. Kathryn Greeley, The Collected Tabletop
  • 2013. Danielle Rollins, Entertaining With Style
  • 2014. James Farmer, Dinner on the Grounds and Wreaths for All Seasons
  • 2015. Kreis Beall, Proprietor of Blackberry Farm and Suzanne Kasler, Timeless Style
  • 2016. Vern Yip, Design Wise