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Philly antiques show

More than 55 dealers will present an array of 18th- and 19th-century antiques and collectibles, including furniture, decorative arts and more, at the Philadelphia Antiques Show from Saturday through Tuesday. The annual show, begun in 1962, is held at the 33rd Street Armory.

The show starts tomorrow with a preview gala. The show also features lectures, tours and more. This year, the exhibit Vaulting Ambition -- Gothic Revival Furniture in Philadelphia 1830-1860 will be on display, showcasing never-before-seen furniture, as well as paintings, books, ceramics and silver. Proceeds from the show benefit the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

The Philadelphia Antiques Show takes place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday at the 33rd Street Armory, 33rd and Market streets, Philadelphia. The gala runs 6 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow. Gala tickets are $125-$600. Regular show admission is $7-$15. Additional fee for some events, such as guided tours. Call 215-387-3500 or visit www.

Sugarloaf crafts fest

Craft lovers, clear your calendar and consider a trip to Gaithersburg this weekend. The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is running tomorrow through Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The festival offers works, including jewelry, metal, ceramics, photography, clothing and toys, by about 450 artisans. The event also features craft demonstrations, live entertainment, food and more.

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. $7; free for those younger than 12. Call 800-210- 9900 or visit www.sugarloaf

'Made in China' exhibit

See a stunning display of ancient decorative Chinese wares at the exhibit Made in China: Export Porcelain From the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur, through May 15, at the Winterthur estate in Delaware. The exhibit chronicles the history of exported Chinese porcelain from 1550 to 1850 and features approximately 150 drinking, dining and decorative pieces.

Among the exhibit's highlights is a pair of 4-foot-tall decorative "soldier" vases, made in China about 1720, and picturing scenes of Chinese nobles hunting on horseback. During the early 1700s, Augustus the Strong of Saxony traded 600 of his army's soldiers for 151 pieces of Chinese porcelain from Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. The pieces became known as "soldier" vases.

The "Made in China" exhibit runs through May 15 at Winterthur, Route 52, six miles northwest of Wilmington, Del. Call 800-448-3883 or visit for hours.

-- Lori Sears

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