As we begin 2016, The Fall Antiques Show reflects on a wonderful year of tradition and transformation. The Show's theme of Time After Time upheld its 34-year long tradition of immersing its patrons in a journey through history marked by beautiful objects and the stories they hold. With the addition of the Eventbrite ticketing system and a re-vamped website, the 2015 Show embraced change to ensure the preservation and appreciation of antiques and decorative arts in the digital age. We are excited for the coming year and the new memories that objects presented by our world-renowned exhibitors will generate for generations to come.
J.R. Richards Gallery
William Siegal Gallery
Carlson & Stevenson Antiques
Opening Night Preview Gala
The opening night Preview Gala, sponsored by Sotheby's International Realty, was a huge success, drawing in over 1,800 guests to Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion, with cocktails, caviar, fabulous dinner and a first pick at some of the world’s finest art and antiques. The Grand Entrance Hall set the stage with an exquisite timeline of designer vignettes created in a shingle style by the award winning architecture firm, Ike Kligerman Barkley and designed by Designer Circle members, Fisher Weisman, Allison Caccoma and Geoffrey De Sousa Interior Design.
Using de Gournay wallpaper artfully crafted in collaboration with the designers as their backdrops, each vignette told a story of a moment in time by incorporating hand-selected pieces from exhibitors' collections.
Cedar shingle porches by Ike Kligerman Barkley frame the Designer Vignettes
Fisher Weisman's "Midnight Tea in the Garden of Antiquity"
Allison Caccoma's "Lounging in the Reflection of the 18th Century"
Geoffrey De Sousa's "Passagem do Tempo"
Champagne bubbled and cocktails stirred throughout Festival Pavillion as old friends and new partied it up at San Francisco's most anticipated social event of the year. Pacific Chamber Jazz set the ambiance in Café Girandole, where McCalls Catering dished out lamb chops, Guinness braised meatballs, snapper ceviche tacos, sushi, creamy risotto, and smoked salmon on top of an endless array of decadent hors doeuvres. Carts of dessert, including bread pudding, gelato, and mini donut and milk shots, roamed the Show to delight guests as they partied and shopped.
In addition to the endless smorgasbord, 26 bars were located throughout the Show, crafting cocktails and pouring Napa Ridge Wine. Six stations served up Hangar 1 Vodka with caviar and toast. A dedicated Tequila Partida bar mixed fresh, truly sensational top shelf margaritas.
Exhibitors shared their knowledge of the history and design of pieces for sale with collectors eager to learn about how a piece was created and used in its time, and about the people who may have once owned them. Objects on the floor ranged from antiquity to the mid-20th century.
The opening night gala in full swing!
McCalls Catering at their finest in front of an exquisite rug from Peter Pap
Suzanne Tucker, Tom Kligerman & Jonathan Rachman taking a selfie with friends
Caviar and vodka shooters are a must!
A huge thanks goes to our Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker, for her dedication, passion, and expertise, and her incredible gift of time and talent in helping to create this year’s Show. Many thanks also go to our wonderful patron chairs and volunteers for their support and enthusiasm.
Trevor and Alexis Traina, Benefactor Chairs
Suzanne Tucker, Show Chair, and Summer Tompkins Walker, Aficionados Chair
Allison Speer, Connoisseurs Circle Chair with Alison Pincus, and Susan Niven
Events at the Fall Antiques Show
Weeks before opening night, Brooks Brothers kicked off the Show with a fabulous launch party in their Union Square store with an insightful talk with Jay Jeffers, Chair of the Show's Designer Circle, and Diane Dorrans Saeks. The Battery hosted another wonderful event for Young Collectors members, where three Christie's art and antiques specialists discussed current collecting trends.
The night before the Preview Gala, a sneak preview took place at the exclusive Designers Circle Reception, sponsored by California Home + Design. With the finishing touches still in the works, and nothing yet for sale, our designers had a chance to take in the exquisite pieces that would be showcased in the following days. Events continued throughout the Show days, including the Lecture Series sponsored by Paragon Real Estate Group, Cambria, Coupar Consulting, and The St. Regis San Francisco, and Book Signings in the Authors' Alcove sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design and Cosentino. Lectures featured designers Bunny Williams and Brian McCarthy, Hutton Wilkinson, Flynn Kuhnert and Jeffry Weisman, Priscilla Wright of Hollyhock, Countess Marie St. Bris, jewelry designer Andrew Prince, and architects John Ike, Tom Kligerman and Joel Barkley, who were also honored by the ICAA at their annual lunch at the Show.
Guests at the Cocktail Hour Panel Series, sponsored by Wilmington Trust and SFC&G, sipped wine while listening to Fine Arts Museum of SF's Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Martin Chapman, along with designers Allison Cacomma and Geoffrey De Sousa, speak on the principals of refined design and craftmanship and the legacy of Breguet timepieces, moderated by Alisa Carroll of SFC&G; in addition to a talk on "Living with Art and Antiques" with Andrew McVinish of Christie's, Lindsay Shook of California Home + Design and moderated by Kemp Stickney of Wilmington Trust.
Connoisseurs and Collectors Circle patrons enjoyed a lovely luncheon hosted by Bonhams in the Room with a View, overlooking the show floor and the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.
At the Young Collectors Evening, sponsored by RubyLUX, San Francisco's budding patrons of the arts were celebrated with wine, bubbly, and the classic swing sounds of The Klipptones. Those in attendance were given specialized tours tailored to areas of interest and learned about affordable pieces for sale that were perfect for starting a collection.
Young Collectors admire the vintage photographs at Petter Fetterman Gallery on the Jewelry and Photography tour
The Klipptones kept the beat at the Young Collectors Night
John Ike, Thomas Kligerman, and Joel Barkley sign copies of their book, The New Shingled House, in the Authors' Alcove
Loan Exhibit: Time After Time
This year's Loan Exhibit featured antique timepieces that explored the way in which we tell time has evolved since the 18th century. As the exhibition's curator, Philip Bewley, explains, each timepiece displayed "has the opportunity to tell the story of the concerns and ideals of the period: of shifting taste; and political, econmic and cultral events; and how concepts of time itself is shaped by technological and scientific innovation."
Sponsor Shreve & Co. lent the exhibition their world-class collection of antique timepieces, including an 18th-centiry George III chatelaine decorated with small portraits and fitted with a key wind watch, fob, and seal.
Also among the collection were hand-selected pieces from Exhibitor's collections, including a late 18th-century painted and parcel gilt mantle clock from Foster-Gwin Art and Antiques, a Grand Tour cathedral clock from Piraneseum, a 19th-century Empire bronze and Ormolu Night Clock from Mallett Antiques, and a mid-century Danish cabinet clock from Almond + Company.
Loan Exhibition Timeline
A Grand Tour cathedral clock, from Piraneseum
Loan Exhibition timepieces from Shreve & Co.
The Philanthropy Forum
As always, 100% of net proceeds raised at the show benefit Enterprise for High School Students, the San Francisco nonprofit that prepares and empowers a diverse group of Bay Area youth to pursue life after school with passion and purpose. Enterprise offers students everything they need to get and keep their first job, including intensive workshops, pragmatic skills and career exploration training, a network of advisors and peers, a broad database of paid internships, and college and career counseling.
First Republic Bank and Enterprise hosted the Show's first ever Philanthropy Forum, which saw a marvelous turnout, with attendees eager to learn more about charitable giving and making their donations count. Panelists spoke about philanthropy's role in community change and how they decide what charities to support.
Philanthropy Forum panelist discussing the impact of smart philanthropy
Philanthropy Forum attendees watch an interview with an EHSS Alum
Enterprise students, Gaia and Michelle, serving hors d'oeuvres on Gala night
As the last hour of the The 2015 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show approached on Sunday evening, Festival Pavilion was still abuzz with art and antiques lovers getting their final fill of the wonderful collections the 2015 group of world-class exhibitors had to offer. But alas, as Shakespeare wrote, "we are time's subjects, and the time bids be gone."
We thank everyone who made it to the Show and look forward to sharing with you another fulfilling year of art, antiques, and design. See you at the 2016 Show!