Charleston paintings, ceramics, furniture, other items headed for Winter Antiques Show in New York City

This weekend could be the first time so many of Charleston's finest antiques were crated up and shipped North since the end of the Civil War.

But this time, it's about prestige -- not plunder.

The Historic Charleston Foundation has assembled 70 paintings, ceramics, pieces of furniture, jewelry and metalwork to be featured later this month at the 57th Annual Winter Antiques Show in New York.

The exhibit, expected to be seen by about 25,000 collectors and enthusiasts from around the world, will be novel because it will feature several pieces that have not been previously displayed in public.

Brandy Culp, a curator with the foundation, helped assemble the exhibition and will give one of five lectures about it during the show.

"The point of the exhibit is the level of sophistication and craftsmanship you see in the city from the 18th to the early 19th centuries," she said. "Charleston is known for its consumer base that was very interested in having the latest fashion from abroad."

The exhibit marks only the second time in 17 years that the Winter

Antiques Show's featured collection comes from the South -- and the first time that it comes from a collaboration of institutions, she said.

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