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Into the Wild at the 2016 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show

As 2016 winds down, The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show reflects on the fond memories and big changes made in our 35th year. With the addition of the new tagline "Style + Design | Past + Present" in our name, and the inclusion of late 20th century and contemporary pieces for display, we have expanded the Show to reflect the way we live with art and antiques. In reality, pieces of the past and present live together in harmonious or provocative ways. 

The 2016 theme, Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art & Antiques, explored humankind's fascination with the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom from antiquity to today. Walking the Show floor, one could find a trace of the wild in every genre, from a claw-footed Regency serving table to a whimsical monkey-adorned majolica teapot, from a set of bird embroidered Louis IX armchairs to a contemporary photography collection of fowl portraits. The Latin word "Animalis" literally means “Having Soul,” and at the heart of all art, antiques and decorative objects is a boundless, collective soul—that of the artist, the collector, the observer and the history of the piece.

From October 26-30, esteemed exhibitors from around the globe gathered at San Francisco's Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center to offer their world-class art and antiques. 

American Furniture and
Decorative Arts
Almond + Company
American Garage
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques
Roberto Freitas American Antiques
Yew Tree House Antiques
English and Continental
Furniture & Decorative Arts
Aedicule   
Antonio's Bella Casa
Carlton Hobbs LLC
Clinton Howell Antiques
Daniel Stein Antiques
Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc.
epoca
Finnegan Gallery
Foster-Gwin, Inc.
Il Segno del Tempo
Jayne Thompson Antiques
Lebreton Gallery
Mallett
Michael Pashby Antiques
Steinitz Gallery
Ethnographic Art
Galen Lowe Art and Antiques
J.R. Richards
Joel Cooner Gallery
Lotus Gallery
Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh
Rainforest Baskets
The Orange Chicken
Trotta-Bono Contemporary
Twiga Gallery
Antique Weapons & Arms
Peter Finer
Jewelry and Silver
Gallery 925
Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry
Lawrence Jeffrey
Witherell's
66mint Fine Estate Jewelry
Paintings & Fine Art
Charles Plante Fine Arts
David Brooker Fine Art
Hackett | Mill
Henry Saywell
Joel B. Garzoli Fine Art
Ledor Fine Art
Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery
Meyerovich Gallery
Montgomery Gallery
Schillay Fine Art
Ceramics
Janice Paull
Jesse Davis Antiques
Textiles and Rugs
Peter Pap Oriental Rugs
Photography, Works on
Paper and Books
Arader Galleries
Hayden & Fandetta Books
Peter Fetterman Gallery

David Brooker Fine Art

Antonio's Bella Casa

Lawrence Jeffrey

Il Segno del Tempo

Peter Fetterman Gallery

Mallett

Peter Finer

Opening Night Preview Gala

The Opening Night Preview Gala, sponsored by Sotheby's International Realty, was a huge success, drawing in nearly 2,000 art and antique enthusiasts to Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion.

Designer Vignettes in our Grand Entry Hall took guests on a journey to four corners of the earth to celebrate the timeless allure of wildlife in interior design. With the support of creative directors Andrew Skurman and Suzanne Tucker, designers Ann Getty & Associates, Catherine Kwong Design, Antonio Martins Interior Design, and Jonathan Rachman Design embraced the theme of Animalia to create exquisite vignettes featuring custom de Gournay wallpaper and rare art and antiques, many borrowed from Exhibitor collections.

Anne Getty & Associates

Antonio Martins Interior Design, "Meu Brasil Brasileiro"

Catherine Kwong Design, "Salon de Thé"

Jonathan Rachman Design, "Loro Blonyo (the inseparable couple) Monkeys"

Guests were met with a live jazz quartet and glasses of champagne as they entered Festival Pavilion for one of San Francisco's best parties of the year. In Café Girandole, McCalls Catering served up festive comfort foods, like creamy mashed potatoes with gravy and all the fixings, lamb chops, and steaming baskets of dim sum, while DJ Joshua Babbidge spun the best of funk and soul. Trays of deliciously creative hors d'oeuvres were passed around the party by students representing Enterprise for High School Students, the event's beneficiary. In the Lecture Theater, rows upon rows of decadent mini cakes, tarts, donuts, and puddings as far as they eye could see!  

Twenty-six bars were located throughout the Show serving hand-crafted cocktails and Napa Ridge Wine. And of course, it wouldn't be a Preview Gala party without the very popular vodka and caviar stations our guests have come to expect. 

A Fall Art & Antiques Show veteran serving up vodka and caviar shots

Birds of a feather

An entire room full of desserts!

A huge thanks goes our Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker, for dedicating her time and talent to the Show.  Many thanks also go to our wonderful patron chairs and volunteers for their passion and support. We couldn't do it without you!

Andrew Skurman with Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker

Preview Gala Chairs, Alexis and Trevor Traina, Benefactor Chair, Mrs. Wilsey, FAMSF Director, Max Hollein

Events at the Fall Art & Antiques Show

In the weeks leading up to the Show, Burberry helped kick things off with a fabulous launch party at their flagship store, and The Battery hosted a panel discussion for Young Collectors, where specialists from Christie's, U.S. Trust and top professionals in the art and design field talked about what to consider when building a collection of one's own. Ken Fulk hosted a party in celebration of Aficionado patrons at his whimsical show room, and later celebrated the launch of his book, Mr. Ken Fulk's Magical World, at the Show accompanied by a giant bunny. 

The night before the Preview Gala, a sneak preview took place at the exclusive Designers Circle Reception, sponsored by Anthem and California Homes. As Exhibitors put the finishing touches on their booths, Designer Circle members and their staff got an advanced look at the exquisite pieces for sale and took note of the things to buy on opening night.  

Events continued throughout the week, including the Lecture Series sponsored by The St. Regis San Francisco, Coupar, and Luxe Interior + Design, and Book Signings in the Jeff Schlarb designed Authors' Alcove, sponsored by Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, directors of The Arelene & Harold Schnitzer CARE Foundation. Lectures featured Peter Pennoyer and Katie Ridder, James Reginato, David Netto, Chara Schreyer and Gary Hutton, Suzanne Rheinstein, Madeline Stuart, and Steven Volpe; moderated by Carl J. Dellatore, Alexa Hampton, and Janice Lyle. 

The Cocktail Hour Panel Series, sponsored by Napa Ridge WineryCAPTURE Magazine, and Heritage Auctions, included panel discussions on designing with art and antiques and how to identify fakes and forgeries.  

Saturday Panel Discussion with Carl Dellatore, Madeline Stuart, Steven Volpe, and Suzanne Rheinstein, moderated by Suzanne Tucker

A full house in the Lecture Theater

Alexa Hampton signs a copy of her book, Decorating with Art, Antiques and People

Ken Fulk's new books, waiting to be signed

Loan Exhibit: Animalia, Animal Imagery in Art & Antiques

This year's Loan Exhibit, co-curated by Philip Bewley and Justin Evershed-Martin, explored humankind's fascination with the Animal Kingdom and the many roles animals have played in artistic expressions throughout the ages. 

The exhibit was sponsored by Shreve & Co., and they were kind enough to lend a Victorian Era Dragon Motif Brooch, which fused the Chinese depiction of dragons as serpentine chasers of wisdom, and the European depiction of the beast as a symbol of evil, representing the West's fascination with the "exotic" East. 

A 9th-century Indian sculpture of the elephant-headed god Ganesh and Nigerian Mumuye Buffalo Mask borrowed from Joel Cooner Gallery, and a pair of Japanese Inari shrine spirit-foxes from Galen Lowe Art & Antiques were also on display, revealing the prevalence of animals as divine symbols and conduits for worship across cultures and religions. A 19th-century Roman marble sculpture entitled "Cockerel Battling with Two Snakes," from Carlton Hobbs, exemplified the usefulness of animals as allegory to represent public figures and nations, where the cocq gaulois represents Napoleon and the French Empire, and the snakes symbolize the defeated enemy.

A 9th-century Ganesh sandstone sculpture and a Nigerian Mumuye Buffalo Mask, from Joel Cooner Gallery

Guests admiring an embroidered animal-motif writing box

Loan Exhibit curators, Philip Bewley and Justin Evershed-Martin, speaking at the Loan Exhibit Talk

Onward!

We had record-breaking attendance at the Show this year, and Festival Pavilion was packed throughout the week with everyone from fervent collectors and art and antique enthusiasts, to casual acquirers, knowledge seekers, and the design-obsessed. 

The Show staff is still running off the October adrenalin and are ramping up to begin preparation for next year. Thank you to everyone who helped us create another beautiful Show and to all of the patrons, partners, and volunteers who helped make this year a wild success. We look forward to seeing you all in 2017!

Designer vignette by Catherine Kwong and de Gournay

 

Inspired by the grand European emporiums dedicated to the heritage and connoisseurship of tea, San Francisco designer Catherine Kwong invites you to enjoy a perfect cup in high style. Her Salon de Thé is festooned with hand-painted silk de Gournay panels, inspired by Alberta Ferretti’s latest runway collection and the majestic birds of Europe. Foliage bursting with blush-colored blooms, alit with birds in flight, are a call to Old-World romance and memories of a delicate Oolong enjoyed in Oxfordshire or a complex Darjeeling lingered over in the heart of Le Marais. Antique teacups are stacked high, evoking the aroma of epic journeys and the exquisite beauty of everyday rituals.

 

 

 

Catherine Kwong started her career in New York, designing luxury interiors for Studio Sofield and flagship stores for Ralph Lauren. After many amazing years of learning and creating in the city that never sleeps, she moved home to her beloved San Francisco, opening Catherine Kwong Design in 2011. Over the course of her career, Catherine has worked on interior design projects all over the world, some of which have been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, and House Beautiful, among others. She has had the opportunity to work for and learn from such legendary designers as Bill Sofield, Ralph Lauren, and Paul Vincent Wiseman. Catherine holds degrees from Brown University and Parsons School of Design. In 2015, Catherine was named a "Designer to Watch" by Architectural Digest.

Designer vignette by Jonathan Rachman and de Gournay

 

Jonathan Rachman’s vignette features his Loro Blonyo (the inseparable couple) Monkeys. His fanciful wallpaper design is named after the Javanese/Balinese - Indonesian sculpture typically given as a wedding gift. His own parents were the inspiration for the design, as they are truly inseparable celebrating their 60th anniversary next year. Jonathan combined this homage with his love of his homeland, Indonesia, and the lush scenery of his favorite island of Bali. His vignette also features a vintage photograph from Peter Fetterman Gallery, as well as fabrics from The Sisters Collection he designed for Bolt Textiles.

 

 

 

Jonathan Rachman Design specializes in creating timeless interiors - interpretations of clients' personal styles and collections. Seamlessly blending the past and the present, Jonathan Rachman's aesthetic is part classical, part contemporary. Whether outfitting a weekend home in California wine country or appointing a formal estate, the firm's approach remains the same: Thoughtful Elegance. Rachman believes that every room has a story to tell, and every client's voice is different. The firm's objective is to translate the client's taste and create spaces that are both aesthetically inviting and architecturally authentic.

Designer vignette by Antonio Martins and de Gournay

 

Looking to his Brazilian heritage, designer Antonio Martins has envisioned an exotic mangrove jungle scene in a sea green "mare verde" monochrome. Consistent with the show’s theme Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art and Antiques, he was inspired to call attention to the many endangered species of Brazil. The walls will be covered with a custom de Gournay paper dramatically painted with flora and fauna bringing forth the steamy seductiveness of the jungle world. In the vignette will be iconic Brazilian furniture by Hugo Franca with a counterpoint of Baroque santos and a few intriguing surprises.

 

 

 

 

Antonio Martins studied hotel management in Switzerland, and worked for 11 years building a successful hotel career in Asia. From hotel operations to hotel design, he put his mark on some of the finest venues in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Argentina and most recently, Chicago. His residential career began in San Francisco, while obtaining a Masters of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design. Over the past ten years, Antonio’s projects have included residences in the Bay Area, Europe and South America. His commercial designs include hotels in Palm Springs, Mexico, Brazil and several restaurants in Europe.
An artist at heart, Antonio brings an eclectic approach to interior design, with an interesting mix of antiques, modern artwork and contemporary furniture.  Antonio’s work has been featured in Traditional Home, House Beautiful, California Home + Design, Dwell, Elle Décor and many other publications.

Designer vignette by Ann Getty and de Gournay

 

The entrance of the 2016 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show will feature four exquisite designer vignettes, each incorporating a few choice antiques as well as a custom-designed wall covering exclusively developed in collaboration with de Gournay.

Designer extraordinaire Ann Getty is creating an enchanting vignette inspired by India with a focus on elephants. She was especially excited when she heard that the theme for the Show this year was Animalia. This gave her the opportunity to include some of the many elephant objects and treasures that she has in her personal collection. Apparently her first granddaughter loved elephants growing up so Ann made a point of seeking out pieces that reflected her fondness. There are now more than 22 elephants in the collection! Ann has joked that she was lucky that the favorite animal was not a giraffe, as that would have proved a bit more challenging. So together with her lead designer, Maria Quiros, Ann has created a slightly more modern setting. They took a classic Jali screen pattern, applied it to silk and abraded it back to create a custom de Gournay wall covering with a less traditional look - a dramatic backdrop for her personal pachyderms.

 

 

Since 1995 Ann Getty and Associates has been providing custom interior design to clients worldwide. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with an international network of artisans and suppliers. The mission of Ann Getty & Associates is to visualize, implement and execute interior design campaigns that reflect taste, quality and integrity. Ann Getty & Associates is a firm for the astute, tasteful consumer who is interested in the finest materials, the preservation of antiques, and respect for architectural integrity.

Demons and Dragons

 

The Animalia theme of this year's San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is by no means limited to the scientifically documented real world. Darwin may not agree but mankind's imagination is responsible for some of the most gorgeous and fascinating creatures to populate the world of the decorative arts. It is no coincidence that almost every culture, style or period has produced its own version of a demon, dragon, or other monstrous beast.
Whether these depictions were actual early efforts at documenting fossilized remains of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals, or symbolic expressions of evil (i.e. satan) or one's own heroism (i.e. the great warrior that slays the dragon) meant to strike fear into the hearts of enemies, we can all agree on the continuing fascination we have with these mythological beasts. Case in point: they remain a fixture in our world of entertainment to this day. Here are some examples from the past:

From Janice Paull:
One of a pair Mason's Ironstone China Alcove Vases, decorated in the Table & Flower Pot & Scroll patterns, circa 1815-20. Mason’s often used dragons and hydras – a giant snake-like monster, with its origins in Greek mythology -  on their ware.

 

 

From Lang Antiques:
This gorgeous Art Nouveau enamel and freshwater pearl pin and/or pendant, circa 1900, shimmers with a sizable freshwater pearl (13.86 by 11.5 millimeters) closely guarded left and right by a pair of vigilant griffins (or dragons), and crowned - with a pearly crown.

 

 

From Peter Finer:
A Brescian engraved and gilt cuirass for use by the papal Swiss Guard, circa 1623-44. Look closely and you will notice that the bold symmetrical pattern of scrollwork streams from the mouth of a demon mask below the neck. This distinguishing grotesque mask and arabesques engraved onto the blued steel of this cuirass characterize a series of decorated half-armours made for the Papal Swiss guard in the first half of the seventeenth century.

 

 

From Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh:
A pair of wooden corbels (one illustrated) representing Baku (mythical tiger elephants), early Edo Period. Japanese, 17th century.
Provenance: Spink & Son, London, old collection.

 

 

The Baku, otherwise known as the dream eater, is a mythological being or spirit in Chinese and Japanese folklore which is said to devour nightmares. The Baku cannot be summoned without caution, however, as ancient legends say that if the Baku is not satisfied after consuming the nightmare, he may also devour one’s hopes and dreams..... Good night!:)

 

 

 

 

Lee Bontecou at Hackett Mill

 

The Animalia theme for the 2016 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show was chosen because it is fanciful, and playful, intriguing and timeless - and includes the kingdom of all animals. It is a subject that has been interpreted in just about every discipline, technique, and material throughout time and it is relatable to everyone - modern and traditional, antiquities to contemporary. Mankind has always been fascinated with the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom, creating symbolism and meaning, and the Latin word Animalis literally means “Having Soul”. 

An excellent example of this soul – however fierce, powerful and dark it may be – is Cruel Bird (1957/2005), a brazed and welded copper, terra cotta, cement and steel sculpture by Lee Bontecou at Hackett | Mill, a first-time exhibitor at the show.

 

 

Lee Bontecou is an abstract sculptor best known for her reconciliation of sculpture and painting. She studied at the Art Students League in New York and made a prolonged visit to Rome from 1956-1958 on a Fulbright Scholarship. While in Rome, Bontecou experimented with sculptural materials and techniques including welded steel and terra cotta. When Bontecou returned to New York she established her reputation through the creation of sculptural reliefs that challenged the artistic conventions of both materials and presentation. She is best known for her web-like constructions of found objects (including recycled canvas, conveyor belts and mail sacks, among other objects) attached to a welded steel frame around a central oval void, which were then hung on the wall like paintings.

 

Working in a style of abstracted figuration, Bontecou created a number of animal forms in terra cotta in her early career. These animals, many of them birds, are highly cubistic. Cruel Bird (1957/2005) is constructed from industrial materials that challenge its subject matter. Bontecou mixes and manipulates unexpected materials, resulting in a work that is at once mechanistic and organic, imposing and elegant.

 

 

In 2010 the MOMA presented a retrospective of Bontecou's work. Bontecou is collected by major museums worldwide including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art and many others.

Hackett | Mill, founded by Michael Hackett and Francis Mill, presents rare works from the 1950s and 1960s by important American, European, and Asian artists. The gallery focuses on historical movements that took place in the mid- twentieth century including American Modern, Post-War Abstract Expressionism and California/Bay Area Figurative Art. Michael Hackett and Francis Mill each bring over twenty years of expertise and education in fine arts. Through their shared passion, Hackett | Mill represents a unique experience with art that is both scholarly and inspirational.

Claws, paws and hooves

 

Furniture based on the anatomy of wildlife dates back 3,000 years to the animal-worshiping Egyptians, whose beds stood on carved bull legs, gazelle hooves or lion feet. Four-legged beasts also influenced the design of chairs and tables of the Greeks and Romans, who used them for strength as well as decorative detail. The hoof or pied-de-biche foot, carved to reflect the natural appearance of an animal such as a deer or horse, appeared in fine furniture at the end of the 1600s.
The ball & claw design on the other hand was most likely derived from the Chinese: a dragon’s claw grasping a crystal ball, or a pearl, or sometimes a scared, flaming jewel. In Chinese mythology, the dragon (Emperor) would be guarding (with the triple claw foot) the symbol (ball – for wisdom, or purity) from evil forces trying to steal it. Another interpretation is that the ball symbolizes a polished river stone being held firmly by a crane, who stands diligently over her nest. English cabinetmakers are credited with transforming the dragon’s claw into a bird’s talon or a lion’s paw; the lion representing English authority. Here are a few examples of various claws, paws and hooves that can be be seen at the upcoming show.

From epoca:
An elegant French Maison Baguès 1940's gilt-bronze coffee/cocktail table with ram's head caps ending in hoofed feet and Carrara marble top.

 

 

From Yew Tree House Antiques:
An impressive 19th century English country house entrance hall table standing on hairy lion paw feet, with a striking green-veined marble top.

 

 

From Clinton Howell Antiques:
A superb set of eight George II carved mahogany dining chairs with carved cabriole legs terminating in ball and claw feet. English, Circa 1750.

 

 

From Daniel Stein Antiques:
A fine Regency mahogany and ebony inlaid serving table, featuring columnar fluted supports headed with superbly carved lions masks and terminating in paw feet, circa 1825. 

 

 

From Roberto Freitas American Antiques:
A Massachusetts Chippendale carved mahogany serpentine-front chest of drawers with cabriole legs ending in ball-and-claw feet, circa 1780-1785.

 

Man's Best Friend

 

A dog is a man's best friend? Well, if the animal's popularity is anything to go by, perhaps that's true; according to the American Kennel Club, there are more pet dogs in the USA than there are people in Britain.

The statement that Dog is man's best friend was first recorded as being made by Frederick, King of Prussia in 1789. Frederick referred to one of his Italian greyhounds as his best friend. The earliest citation in the U.S. is traced to a poem printed in the The New York Literary Journal, Volume 4, 1821:

The faithful dog - why should I strive
To speak his merits, while they live
In every breast, and man's best friend
Does often at his heels attend.

The 2016 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is a great place to make few new such friends.

From Antonio's Bella Casa
Left: Pair of rare circa 1840 Roman Carrara marble hounds. 
Right: Pair of  19th century hand-thrown English terracotta poodles on raised bases, from the East Hampton estate of Lee Radziwill

 

 

From Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge
Left: English  Berlin wool needlework picture of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, circa 1840-60
Right: Bradley and Hubbard Company, Meriden CT cast iron Boston Terrier  doorstop, circa 1920

 

 

From Lang Antiques and Estate Jewelry:
14K golden-coated Irish Setter pin

 

 

From Peter Fetterman Gallery:
Elliott Erwitt (United States, b. 1928)
New York, [Great Dane, Chihuahau & Boots], 1954
©Elliott Erwitt/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery

 

Georg Jensen silver at Gallery 925

 

San Francisco's Gallery 925 offers a finely curated collection of pieces by Georg Jensen, fine antique and 20th century silver.

Owner Rachel Prater was introduced to Georg Jensen silver at the age of 11 when her mother took her to the Georg Jensen store on Madison Avenue in New York: 
“My vivid recollection was of being awestruck over the fantastic unique jewelry, modern sleek lines in silver with bold stones as well as the naturalistic designs of the Arts and Crafts era. Seeing the holloware with its "moonlight" glow just made my eyes glisten with joy. As we were leaving, my mother said, "This is not just silver to wear, use and enjoy: it is an art form, like fine sculpture." How right she was!”

Here are a few pieces currently on offer at Gallery 925:

Left: Georg Jensen sterling silver centerpiece bowl by Allan Scharff
Right: Georg Jensen modernist sterling silver candelabra by Soren Georg Jensen 1960

 

 

Left: Georg Jensen 830 silver large keepsake box from 1918
Middle: Georg Jensen sterling silver rose bonbonnière from 1919
Right: Georg Jensen 830 silver keepsake box with amber finial from 1918

 

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