Foul Play


Marcel Proust was right: nothing can trigger a powerful, emotional memory quicker than a scent. Signature floral perfumes have left indelible impressions on many gentleman suitors throughout the ages. The lily-of-the-valley, Christian Dior's lucky flower, is forever associated with this couture house. More recent floral scents include Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf, Flora by Gucci and Daisy by Marc Jacobs. But not all flowers are team players. In order to attract specific insects, which in turn will act as potential pollinators, some blooms emit an altogether foul smell. Here are a few examples of flowers you really don't want to include in your tabletop arrangement:

Titan Arum
Its nickname, Corpse Flower, says it all: this massive bloom is quite dramatic, but smells like a rotting corpse in order to attract insects that prefer to lay their eggs in dead things. For added effect, the inside of the bloom is the color of red meat. The only good news is that the flower's bloom doesn't last very long, only about 24 to 48 hours, and this only happens once every four to six years. 
(Image via the Botanical Garden at Berkeley)

Rafflesia Arnoldii
One of the three national flowers in Indonesia, this one shares the same nickname with Titan Arum. It is also the largest individual flowers in the world as it weighs in around 10 kg and usually has a diameter of about three feet. Also noteworthy is that Rafflesia Arnoldii flower is parasitic, and has no roots, leaves or stems.
(Image via World of Flowering Plants)

Hydnora Africana
Possibly the least charming of the bunch is Hydnora Africana, a fleshy parasitic plant native to southern Africa that emits the smell of feces to attract dung beetles, its pollinators of choice. This bizarre-looking plant, often mistaken for a fungus, grows almost entirely underground except for its bloom.
(Image via Gardening Know How)

Dracunculus Vulgaris
The beauty award among the carrion flowers goes to Dracunculus Vulgaris for its spectacular purple color palette. There are widespread erotic connotations resulting from its shape, explaining the nickname Viagra Lily.
(Image via Youtube)

Lysichiton Americanus
AKA American Skunk Cabbage is a perennial herb native to California, whose repulsive smell sticks around long after the blooms have dried. Not to worry: Lysichiton Americanus has not been invited to the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show :)
(Image via Bodnant Garden Centre)


Tiptoe Through the Tulips


September 1, 2017, will see the release of the movie Tulip Fever, written by Tom Stoppard and starring Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan and Christophe Waltz, a historical drama set in the Netherlands in the 17th century, during the period of the tulip mania.
Tulip mania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then dramatically collapsed in February 1637. It is generally considered the first recorded speculative bubble – centuries before the dot-com bubble of the 1990's or the US housing market collapse in 2008.

Below: from Carlton Hobbs, a tulip-form silver pokal by Simon Lang and marked with the Hebrew letters Aleph Shin Aleph, Nuremberg, circa 1660.

It's not hard to understand how this much-loved flower, introduced in the Netherlands from the Ottoman Empire, became such an overnight success. It was different from every other flower known to Europe at that time, with a saturated intense petal color that no other plant had, and quickly became a status symbol for the affluent Dutch traders.

Below, from Arader Galleries: Tulipa Suaveolons, Plate 111, 1802-1816, hand-colored stipple engraving by botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté.

Tulips quickly became a coveted luxury item, and many varieties were cultivated. Among the more curious and rare was the Bizarden or Bizarre Tulip, which had yellow or white streaks of color over a purple or red petal. It is now known that this effect is due to the bulbs being infected with a type of tulip-specific mosaic virus, known as the Tulip breaking virus, so called because it "breaks" the one petal color into two or more.

Below left: from Haynes Fine Art,  Spring by Cecil Kennedy, British 1905 – 1997, Oil on canvas, signed lower right.
Below right: from Lang Antiques, enameled tulip brooch rendered in rich 18 karat yellow gold and green emeralds.

To this day, the Netherlands remains synonymous with the tulip, as is evident in the 1950's hit Tulips from Amsterdam and the ever-growing popularity of the Keukenhof gardens, the world’s largest flower garden (80-acres) and a horticultural essay in superlatives, which attracts more than 700,000 visitors each year. Every year, Keukenhof showcases over seven million tulips – as well as hyacinths and daffodils - ablaze with pink, red, purple, yellow, lavender and orange. Enjoy!

Below, Keukenhof image via Baby Apple


Frozen in time


The semi-annual fashion shows by Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten have never really been a run-of-the-mill affair. From an impromptu street performance in an obscure Paris quartier to a candlelit sit-down dinner for hundreds, memorable is an inadequate word to describe his fashion happenings.

But for his spring 2017 ready-to-wear show, he knocked the stylish socks off even the most jaded fashionistas, and that's not an easy feat. He asked Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto to reprise his Iced Flowers show: intricate flower bouquets were frozen in ice and served as columns along the runway, the perfect complement for a series of floral-print garments. It was a memorable mash-up moment of quiet drama and outrageous beauty – flower power at its best! (photos via

A rose is a rose is a rose (Gertrude Stein, 1913)


While many of us link roses with romance and love, this wasn't always so. In fact, this gorgeous bloom was associated with one of the bloodiest conflicts of 15th century England. The Wars of the Roses were a series of wars for control of the throne of England fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the House of Lancaster (associated with a red rose), and the House of York (whose symbol was a white rose). This 30-year feud finally ended with the death of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth.
Below, from Carlton Hobbs:
A fine floral painted KPM circular porcelain plaque signed KRÜGER FECIT 1819. Berlin, 1819.

Nowadays, long-stemmed red roses are practically synonymous with Valentine’s Day. This tradition of giving Valentine’s Day flowers dates back to the late 17th century, during the reign of King Charles II of Sweden. During a trip to Persia, King Charles II was exposed to a new art—the language of flowers, the ability to communicate using flowers without uttering any words at all. The fad boomed throughout Europe, with lists of flowers and their meanings widely distributed. The red rose translated of course to deep love.
Below, from Butchoff Antiques:
A five-fold screen in the early romantic manner. French, circa 1880.

The rose took on this meaning because of its affiliation with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. In Greek mythology, it is said that rose bushes grew from the ground through Aphrodite’s tears and the blood of her lover, Adonis. The Romans, who turned Aphrodite into their goddess Venus, kept the rose as her symbol of love and beauty. So when Valentine’s Day became the mainstream holiday we know today, the rose was an obvious choice for the most fitting gift.
Below, from Philadelphia Print Shop West:
Rosa Ferox and Rosa Indica, from Roses: or Monograph of the Genus Rosa. London, 1805. Engraved and hand colored by H.C. Andrews.

Did you know that there are symbolic meanings associated with other rose colors as well? Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors. Shades of lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor. Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, and are a traditional way to say thanks. Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, and can also be used as an expression of sympathy. 
Below, from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc.:
German Porcelain Trompe L'oeil Rose Tea Service, 19th Century. 

Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love. White roses are also associated with honor and reverence, which makes them a fitting memorial for a departed loved one. Finally, orange roses – being a mixture of yellow and red - were seen as a bridge between friendship symbolized by yellow roses and love represented by red roses.
Below, from Haynes Fine Art:
Shades of Spring by Marcel Dyf
Oil on canvas, signed lower right. French 1899-1985.

Imitation of Life


The name of the cult romantic Douglas Sirk drama from the late fifties, seemed the perfect title for this blogpost, exploring the grey area where exquisite craftsmanship and fine art meet, in an effort to duplicate and eternalize nature's finest creations.

While the House of Fabergé may be most famous for its renowned jeweled eggs - delightful creations that have come to symbolize the wealth and power of the Russian Romanov dynasty, its most loyal customer – it is in fact a slightly lesser known Fabergé flower study that has recently become one of the most expensive items ever to be appraised by the Antiques Roadshow, at a whopping £1 million ($1.27 million). In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Fabergé created delicate replicas of pansies, lilies of the valley, violets and other flowers that were often destined for glass display cabinets in the royal palaces of London and Moscow. Most are only a few inches high, crafted in gold, pearls and diamonds, and jade and so carefully made that you can see the veining in the leaves, the real fuzz used to augment an intricately crafted dandelion puff and the delicate strands of moss. The simple jars in which they were placed were fashioned from rock crystal in order to look like they were filled with water.

The work of New Jersey artist Vladimir Kanevsky is somewhat reminiscent of the Fabergé tradition, though his medium of choice is metal and clay, painted with painstaking detail. Kanevsky cites 18th-century European botanical prints as the inspiration behind his creations: lush hollyhocks, lilies of the valley, wild daisies and white hydrangeas (complete with insect bites and bent stems), you'd swear they were the real thing. Kanevsky's art has brought him worldwide fame resulting in a collaboration with historic porcelain manufacturer Meissen which yielded a limited edition of “eternal flowers” for the 300 year old company.

In the words of Egyptian Greek poet Constantine Peter Cavafy:
Give me artificial flowers - porcelain and metal glories - neither fading nor decaying, forms unaging. Flowers of the splendid gardens of another place, where Forms and Styles and Knowledge dwell. I love flowers made of glass or gold, true Art's true gifts, their painted hues more beautiful than nature's, worked in nacre and enamel, with perfect leaves and branches.

Q & A with Geoffrey De Sousa

Geoffrey de Sousa, Designers Circle Chair

As one of San Francisco's most sought after interior designers, Geoffrey De Sousa knows a thing or two about finding just the right piece to bring a room's past and present to life. Over the past twenty years designing for prominent names across the Bay Area, his projects have celebrated the cohabbitating of the antique and modern to create interiors that speak to the history of the client or space. 

In his second year as Chair of the Fall Art & Antiques Show's Designers Circle, an exclusive group of some of the most prominent interior designers and architects in the field who are dedicated supporters of the Show, Geoffrey sat down with us to reflect on his feelings about the Show and its FLOWER POWER! theme as a designer, a collector, and a child of the Summer of Love

As Designers Circle Chair, what do you love most about The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show?

What’s not to love? The convergence of art, antiques, talented design professionals, and amazing lectures, as a charity benefiting the education of today’s youth and tomorrow’s potential collectors!

The 2017 Show theme is FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. What does the theme mean to you?

I’m a child of the 1960’s and 70’s, so to me, San Francisco and Flower Power are synonymous with freedom of expression. From the beginning of time artisans and craftspeople have used floral motifs to imbue symbolism and meaning, and show their love and appreciation for mother nature and how it still inspires us today.

This is your second year as the Designer Circle Chair. What do you think brings designers back to the Fall Art & Antiques Show each year?

There are many reasons this show continues to be such a draw to collectors and design professionals. Within the last 15-20 years, the internet has truly changed how we shop for art and antiques. Brick and mortar shops have disappeared. We now have unlimited access to items worldwide! To be able to come to a show and actually see, touch, and feel the best of the best is such a pleasure! There’s nothing like it.

A new patron level, the Artisans Circle, was added to the Show this year. Where did you get the idea and what do you hope it will bring to the Show?

During the last 2 years I have been constantly asked by others in our community, “How can I be involved with the Fall Art & Antiques Show?” For many years our only option was the Designers Circle. As an interior designer my day is filled with creating and restoring beautiful spaces, none of which could ever be accomplished without the masters of craft that we collaborate with every day. The Artisans Circle hopes to include the best of the best and be a perfect combination of artist and artisans coming together to promote our field while supporting such a worthy cause.

As a designer, what do you look for when you walk the Show? What advice do you give your clients when they attend?

Well, my first stop is the designer vignettes at the entrance of the show! Bravo to Suzanne Tucker for bringing these back! I usually walk the show a minimum of 3 times…once for items to be included in interior design projects we are currently working on, next with clients to see what treasures we’ve found. And then, for me! I always find wonderful new additions for my own home.

What and how do you collect?

I’m an avid photography collector; in addition, I’ve recently started collecting 20th-century modern silver. I’m also always on the lookout for that perfect mid-century piece for my home in Palm Springs.

How do you incorporate art and antiques into your designs?

I tend to use antiques to provide a sense of history to a space, something that speaks to the inhabitants family and their heritage. I’m always mixing antiques with modern pieces, and in contemporary spaces with contemporary art.


To view a list of the 2017 Designers Circle members, please visit our Designers Circle and Artisans Circle members here. Stay tuned for upcoming Q&A's with other prominent voices from the art, antiques, and design world leading up to the big Show!


From Watteau to Warhol


The theme of the 36th edition of the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show is FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Our inspiration springs from the beauty and romance of blooms and blossoms, and their iconography throughout the ages. Floral imagery has long been part of a rich visual symbolism in art - textiles, furniture, paintings, works on paper, jewelry, ceramics, objets d’art have involved flowers and botanicals on some level, be it mythological, religious or romantic. In fact, there are traces of association of flowers with humans going as far back as the Paleolithic age: a high concentration of flower pollen near grave sites is indicative of the role of flowers in ancient burial rituals.

For painters of the Gothic, Early Renaissance and High Renaissance eras, flowers were part of a rich visual symbolism. Bouquet by Jan Brueghel the Elder (1603) features a mix of tulips (symbolizing wealth, prosperity, commerce, trade), irises (representing Spring, regeneration, replenishment) and lilies (representing purity and virginity) among others. Vase of Flowers with Pocket Watch by Willem van Aelst (1656) offers us a visual metaphor, hinting at the delicate and fleeting nature of time, timelessness and things that are time-intensive - such as painting these captivating still lifes.

Floral design elements in the Baroque and later Rococo periods focus on S-curve lines, embellished scrolls, and large amounts of ornamentation, with the Rococo style designs featuring lighter, happier, more playful colors and forms. Fragonard (left) and Watteau excelled in this playful celebration of romance and youth, which was highly popular in the decorative arts as well.

The Victorian Pre-Raphaelites captured classic notions of beauty romantically. Flowers laden with symbolism figure prominently in much of their work. The orange blossom pinned to John Everett Millais's The Bridesmaid's chest is a symbol of her chastity. In Dante Gabriel Rosetti's Ophelia, the flowers shown floating on the river were chosen to correspond with Shakespeare's description of Ophelia's garland. They also reflect the Victorian interest in the "language of flowers", according to which each flower carries a symbolic meaning. The prominent red poppy—not mentioned by Shakespeare's description of the scene—represents sleep and death.

20th-century Post-Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh is perhaps most famous for the exuberant depiction of his iconic sunflowers, while his peer Claude Monet's garden in Giverny provided him with inspiration for literally hundreds of paintings, including the Water Lilies series.

Later on, in the 1930's and 40's, Georgia O'Keeffe's colorful oversized depictions of flowers were seen as veiled representations of female genitalia, though she herself always resisted this interpretation. Similarly, erotica and botanica collide in Robert Mapplethorpe's sensual flower photographs from the seventies and eighties.

Andy Warhol in the sixties and Takashi Murakami in the nineties depicted the botanical world in a cartoon style and bright color palette.

21st-century artists as varied as Marlene Dumas (left) and Kiki Smith (right) continue to explore flower power in a variety of styles and media.


Private Collections Silent Art Auction to Benefit Enterprise for High School Students


Leo Bersamina, Loop VIII, 2015, courtesy of the artist (left); Eric Zener, Immersion, mixed media on panel, courtesy of Hespe Gallery (right)

Artists and art galleries from across the Bay Area have generously donated works of art for the Private Collections post-party silent art auction benefiting Enterprise for High School Students. The post-party is an annual tradition for fellow art lovers and supporters of Enterprise to enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres in celebration of Private Collections. The party are silent art auction is hosted in the beautiful Jackson Square gallery of Simon Breitbard Fine Arts.

All profits from the auction benefit Enterprise and support its mission to engage and empower San Francisco's youth to discover career opportunities and prepare for life after high school.

To view a complete list of art works available for auction, click here

Visit our website to purchase tickets to Private Collections 2017

Courtesy of the Artist: Christina Empedocles, We Fold Ourselves, 2012 mixed media on paper, framed, 10”x10”; Gallery Retail $1500, Auction Starting Bid $900

Courtesy of the Artist and Simon Breitbard Fine Arts: Diane Tate DallasKidd, Waterfall, 2016, Mixed media on linen on panel, 18”x24”; Gallery Retail $1400, Auction Starting Bid $900

Courtesy of the Artist and Sense Fine Art: Michael Kessler, Islands, II Mixed media on panel, 28”x26”; Gallery Retail $3400, Auction Starting Bid $2400


8 Renowned SF Art Collectors Open Their Homes for Private Collections 2017


The Carlevaro Collection, Private Collections 2016

This spring marks the 18th annual Private Collections home tours benefiting Enterprise for High School Students.  On April 5th, eight of San Francisco's most highly regarded art collectors will open their homes for a rare chance to experience precious works of art, the stories behind them, and the meaning they inherit in the context of a living space. 

For this year's Masterpiece Collection, Nancy and Sidney Unobskey open their Pacific Heights home for a tour of their stunning collection of paintings and sculptures from internationally-renwoned artists. Highlights include paintings by David Park, Helen Frankenthaler, Chagall, and Christopher Brown, as well as a Japanese garden brought to life with sculptures by Judith Shea, Gerard Kelly, and Peter Shelton. Other major works include those by Gwen Merrill, George Rickey, Jean Arp, Alexander Archipenko, Jacques Lipchitz, George Segal, Joel Shapiro and two pre-Colombian pieces. 

Following The Unobskey Collection at 6:0 p.m., Masterpiece and Premier level ticket holders will meet in different locations around the city for private home tours of one of seven of the following collections: The Dauber and Levin Collection, The Joyner and Guiffrida Collection, The Kramlich Collection, The Mill Collection, The Reilly Collection, The Sack Collection, and The Schreyer Collection.  From confrontational contemporary to pioneering video art to Bay Area abstract expressionism, each collection offers its own extraordinary journey.

Simon Breitbard Fine Arts in Jackson Square will host a post-party celebrating  the closing of the event with a lovely evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and Private Collection's very first silent art auction included pieces donated by local galleries. 50% of all sales will benefit Enterprise for High School Students.  

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Photos from Private Collections 2016

The Wolfe Collection, Private Collections 2016

2016 Private Collections Honorary Chair, Jay Jeffers, admiring The Harbin Clammer Collection

The Niles Collection 2016

The Hatch Collection, Private Collections 2016

Enterprise Executive Director, Tony DiStefano, speaks at 2016 Private Collections party at Simon Breitbard Fine Arts

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
Antonio's Bella Casa
Carlton Hobbs LLC
Clinton Howell Antiques
Daniel Stein Antiques
Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc.
Finnegan Gallery
Foster-Gwin, Inc.
Il Segno del Tempo
Jayne Thompson Antiques
Lebreton Gallery
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
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
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


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


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!