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.
David Brooker Fine Art
Antonio's Bella Casa
Il Segno del Tempo
Peter Fetterman Gallery
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 Winery, CAPTURE 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
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!