Flower Power at the 2017 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show


As San Francisco celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show marked its 36th year with an homage to the movement’s most ardent symbol - the flower - celebrating the power of botanical images in art and antiques through the ages. The Show is the major fundraiser for Enterprise for Youth, an important San Francisco nonprofit that helps youth prepare for success in the world of work. Enterprise was founded in 1969 and continues to engage and empower San Francisco’s young people through training, guidance, and employment experiences.

With the theme FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design, Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture was transformed into a garden paradise. A stunning cascading floral sculpture by Ricardo Benavides rained down from the ceiling of the Grand Entry Hall, where patrons were ushered in by Designer Vignettes celebrating “The Four Seasons.”

Fifty-one of the world’s finest Exhibitors showcased their best pieces and created exquisite booths with intriguing and timeless works from antiquity to today that keep patrons excited year after year.


  • American Furniture & Decorative Arts
  • American Garage
  • Jeff R. Bridgman
  •      American Antiques
  • Roberto Freitas
  •      American Antiques
  • Yew Tree House Antiques
  • English & Continental Furniture
  • & Decorative Arts
  • Aedicule
  • Antonio's Bella Casa
  • Butchoff Antiques
  • Carlton Hobbs LLC
  • Clinton Howell Antiques
  • Daniel Stein Antiques
  • epoca
  • Finnegan Gallery
  • Foster Gwin Gallery
  • Il Segno del Tempo
  • Jayne Thompson Antiques
  • Milord Antiques
  • Steinitz Gallery
  • Ethnographic Art
  • Galen Lowe Art & Antiques
  • J.R. Richards
  • Joel Cooner Gallery
  • Lotus Gallery
  • Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh
  • Rainforest Baskets
  • The Orange Chicken
  • The Zentner Collection
  • Antique Weapons & Arms
  • Peter Finer
  • Jewelry and Silver
  • Gallery 925
  • Kentshire
  • Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry
  • Lawrence Jeffrey
  • 66mint Fine Estate Jewelry
  • Paintings & Fine Art
  • Charles Plante Fine Arts
  • David Brooker Fine Art
  • Guarisco Gallery
  • Haynes Fine Art
  • Henry Saywell
  • Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery
  • Montgomery Gallery
  • Schillay Fine Art
  • Trinity House Paintings
  • Ceramics
  • Janice Paull
  • Jesse Davis Antiques
  • Jill Fenichell, Inc.
  • Earle D. Vandekar
         of Knightsbridge Inc.

  • Textiles and Rugs
  • Peter Pap Oriental Rugs
  • Photography, Works on Paper,
  • & Books
  • Arader Galleries
  • Hayden & Fandetta Books
  • Isaac & Ede
  • The Philadelphia Print Shop West

Il Segno del tempo

Guarisco Gallery

Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.

American Garage

Lawrence Jeffery 

Peter Finer

Isaac & Ede

J.R. Richards


Opening Night Preview Gala

Nearly 2,000 guests, many of them wearing flowers in their hair, arrived at The Opening Night Preview Gala to kick off the Show, which ran from October 26-29. Guests arriving early were greeted with Champagne and enjoyed the first pick of items on the Show floor. The Cosmo Alleycats provided a vintage mix of jazz and dance music that really heated things up while McCalls Catering served a scrumptious array of dishes that included lamb chops, creamy risotto, dim sum, fish ceviche martinis, and of course, caviar! Enterprise for Youth students were present at the Show and gained valuable work experience by delighting guests with trays of unique hors d’oeuvres.

Twenty-six bars were located throughout the Show serving hand-crafted cocktails and Napa Ridge Chardonnay, as well as the ever-popular Absolut Elyx vodka and caviar stations parked around the Show floor. Guests enjoyed the first-ever special lounge devoted to a The Macallan scotch tasting.

For dessert, a gourmet gelato cart traveled the Show floor, offering flavors of elderflower, salted caramel, and chocolate. The Lecture Theater was a sweet-tooth’s paradise, with mini donuts, delicate cakes and tarts, puddings, and chocolate treats. As the night ended, a gourmet Miette candy station, sponsored by Marin Country Mart, was set up by the exit with bags for guests to fill up to their heart’s content so that they might take home a bit of the Show’s sweetness.

A huge thanks goes our Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker, for dedicating her time, talent, and unwavering enthusiasm. Many thanks also go to our wonderful Preview Gala Chairs, Diane Wilsey, Trevor and Alexis Traina, Ken Fulk, Alison Speer, OJ & Gary Shansby and Laura King Pfaff and our wonderful volunteers for their passion and support.


An aerial view of the party in full swing

The Grand Entry Hall

Macallan scotch tasting

The Cosmo Alleycats

Miette's gourmet candy station

Gala Chair Allison Speer; Honorary Chair, Andrew Gn; Show Chair, Suzanne Tucker

A Gala patron looking at art from Galen Lowe Art & Antiques

Community Outreach Chair, Ned Mobley 

Caviar and vodka stations by McCalls Catering

Nina Campbell, Jonathan Rachman, Alexis Traina, Beth Webb


Designer Vignettes: “The Four Seasons”

Four incredibly talented interior designers each created a room inspired by one of the four seasons. Each designer worked with de Gournay to create custom hand-painted wallpaper to adorn their vignettes, as well as with the Show’s Exhibitors to hand-pick art and antiques to showcase within the vignettes. With Suzanne Tucker as creative director, Jay Jeffers, Pamela Babey, Edward Lobrano, and Kendall Wilkinson were each assigned a season with which to express the beauty of floral imagery through the passing of the year.

SUMMER, Edward Lobrano

WINTER, Jay Jeffers

FALL, Kendall Wilkinson

SPRING, Pamela Babey


Special Events

Shreve & Co. helped kick off the fall with a sparkling launch party at their new shop on Post Street, where stunning jewelry from Elizabeth Taylor’s personal collection was on display. The Battery hosted a panel discussion for the Show’s Young Collectors, where top professionals in art and design discussed works on paper and what to consider when beginning a personal collection. Designers & Artisans Circle Chair, Geoffrey de Sousa hosted a fabulous party in honor of the Show’s Benefactors at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, with hippie dancers, “flower child” themed cocktails, and of course a whimsical ambiance full of botanicals and butterflies.

The night before the Preview Gala, Designers and Artisans Circle members and their staff were given an exclusive sneak peak of the Show at the Designers Circle Preview Reception, sponsored by Da Vinci Marble. Guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and Champagne as they perused the Show floor for must-haves to purchase upon the Show’s official opening.

Events continued throughout the week, including the Lecture Series sponsored by The St. Regis San Francisco, Cambria, and Luxe Interiors + Design, followed by book signings in the Authors’ Alcove, sponsored by Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, Directors of The Arlene & Harold Schnitzer CARE Foundation. Lectures and book signings featured Steven Stolman, Miles Redd, Susan Lowry, Nancy Berner, and Marion Brenner, Miguel Flores-Vianna, Ellie Cullman, David Phoenix, Beth Webb, Gil Schafer, Janice Parker, and Alexis Swanson Traina.  

At the Cocktail Hour Series, guests sipped complementary wine from Napa Ridge Winery while learning from experts in a breadth of artistic fields. Judy Bloom of Filoli and Laurel Ann Winzler of Laurel Designs gave a floral demonstration where those in attendance watched the creation of living art pieces and learned tips and tricks for sculpting with flowers. In Café Girandole, two brilliant singers from San Francisco Opera performed a sneak preview of songs from Lautrec et la Nuit Blanche, a new concert inspired by the spirit of Montmartre and the vibrant art of Toulouse-Lautrec. Meanwhile, the Lautrec art that inspired this new show was on view nearby in Aedicule's booth, ravishingly framed by Peter Werkhoven. For the final talk, Heritage Auctions experts celebrated California’s unique wine culture with a special tasting and an engaging presentation on collecting California Art.

Designers Circle Preview Party

A full house in the Lecture Theater

Suzanne Tucker moderating a conversation between Ellie Cullman, David Phoenix, & Beth Webb

The Chairman’s Luncheon in honor of Andrew Gn, sponsored by GeoEx

Gil Schafer signing books in the Authors' Alcove

Shreve & Co. Launch Party

Opera performance in Café Girandole 


See you in October, 2018!

Each day the Show floor was packed and full of lively energy with those shopping, dining, and attending the exciting array of events at the Show. Many new faces along with those who haven’t missed the Show in its 36th year history graced us at the Opening Night Preview Gala and during the show days. Thank you to everyone whose support of the Show and Enterprise for Youth helped make 2017 a brilliant success. We look forward to seeing you all at Festival Pavilion October 10 – 14, 2018 (that’s 2 weeks earlier than usual)!