Fabulous Felines


Felines in all shapes and sizes have been a popular object of adoration and fascination long before the internet came along. In ancient Egypt, cats were celebrated in hieroglyphic paintings, ceremonial objects, and famous monuments such as the Great Sphinx of Giza. They were even worshipped as deities with figurine images. In Greek and Roman art, cats were symbols of freedom and independence. They were commonly represented in mosaics, statues, paintings and tombstones.
Things took a turn for the worse in the Middle Ages, when cats (especially black ones) were often seen as symbols of evil or witchcraft in Europe and Colonial America. Their bad reputation did not travel to the East however: cats in China and Japan were happily portrayed in scenes of nature and daily life as woodblock prints. The Renaissance and Enlightenment brought hope for these elegant creatures, as well as eternal life - renowned masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, and Rembrandt included cats in their work.
In the 21st Century, it is clear that our fascination with the feline family endures. From the humble house cat to the roaring lion, from the fierce panther to the imposing tiger, cats large and small have been interpreted in just about every style and medium. Here are a few examples from the upcoming show:

From Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge:
A charming Dutch tin-glazed earthenware tile Picture of a cat, Makkum, 20th century. The six tile picture depicts a cat seated on its hind-quarters with its tail curled through its looking forward. 



From Antonio's Bella Casa:
A superb early 1600's Florentine Carrara marble lion fountain head, mounted on a custom iron stand.



From Antonio's Bella Casa:
A circa 1815 Roman wood sculpture of a lion on a faux-stone plinth, with a beautifully carved face and mane with vibrant 22k gold gilding. 



From Arader Galleries:
From left to right:
Felis Jaguarondi (The Yaguarundi), 1883
Felis Javanesis (the little red-spotted cat), 1883
Felis Viverrina (the fishing cat),1883
These magnificent cats are from one of the finest color plate works on mammals, one that describes and illustrates all the species of Cats known at the time of publication - Daniel Elliot’s work entitled A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats.



From Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery:
Leopard Cubs by Cuthbert Edmund Swan, English School 1870-1931, oil on canvas, signed.




The Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery highlights early 20th century Belgian Art


Established in Los Angeles in 1979, the Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery has grown into one of the West Coast's premier art galleries. Its curators are specialists in Lowlands paintings with a specific interest in Belgian Art 1880-1930. Here are a few choice examples:

Jean Van Den Eeckhoudt (1875-1946) was a Belgian Realist, Post-Impressionist and Fauvist painter of portraits, figures, landscapes and still lifes. Van Den Eeckhoudt traveled numerous times to the South of France in 1905 and met with the French Fauvist painter Henri Matisse. This meeting meant the beginning of an evolution to Impressionism and later onto Fauvism with vibrant colors. 

Arbre devant la mer à Rocquebrune
Oil on canvas, signed. 24” x 29.5”, 35” x 40” framed.



Frans Gailliard (1861-1932) can be placed among the masters of Luminism alongside Emile Claus and Théo Van Rysselberghe. Early on in his career, Gailliard’s works were exhibited internationally, including in Paris, Venice, London and Barcelona. It was thanks to these experiences that he developed an intense friendship with Renoir. Fascinated by Renoir’s work, Gailliard departed from the Brussels academic style and adopted Impressionism.

Sur le lac
Gouache, signed. 42” x 45”, 48” x 51” framed.



Frans van Holder (1881-1919) was born  in Brussels, Belgium. A Post-impressionist painter, he is known for portraits, genre and landscapes. He studied with his father, A. Cluysenaar, and at the Academy de Saint-Gilles. Van Holder traveled to Italy (1905), Spain (1906) and Switzerland. His work is in the musea of Antwerp, Brussels, Bruges, and others.

A quiet corner of the garden
Oil on canvas, signed and dated 1918. 20” x 27.5”, 27” x 35” framed.



Maurice Wagemans (1877-1927) was a realist painter and draughtsman of landscapes, seascapes, still lifes and beach scenes. He received his artistic education at the Academy of Brussels from 1890 until 1895 under the tutorship of Jean Portaels and Jean Stallaert. He completed his studies in Paris together with Alfred Bastien and Frans Smeers, where he was influenced by the works of Henri Fantin-Latour and Edouard Manet. Wagemans debuted at the Salon of "Le Sillon" in 1900 and received his great breakthrough in 1902 at the "Salon of Ghent" for his work "La Dame en gris". He participated in the famous exhibition of Galerie Georges Giroux in Brussels in 1912. His painting evolved under the influence of Marcel Jefferys and Rik Wouters toward a more luminist Impressionism. 

Still-life with poppies
Oil on canvas, signed. 28” x 24”, 39” x 35” framed.


Joel Cooner presents The Inspiration


Painting in the style of the Old Renaissance Masters, Nova Scotia-based artist Lindee Climo's inspiration springs from the farm animals that she has always surrounded herself with and raised. The subjects are surrogates of well known religious or historic scenes in which animals take the place of the existing figures and the result becomes an often irresistible, sometimes humorous event.

The Joel Cooner Gallery is proud to bring to this year's show her work The Inspiration (After Nicolas Poussin, Inspiration of the Poet, 1630).
Year: 1995
Medium: oil on canvas
Size: 41 x 36 inches
In Joel's words: 
This is a terrific painting, heraldic and romantic, well exhibited in two museum shows and published in an exhibition catalogue by Salomon Grimberg (Current expert of Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington).



As the artist herself explains: “To my mind, there is not a lot of difference between growing a living thing and painting it, in terms of overall conscious plan, time, and the time after. Both undertakings always override the plan because creativity, nature, and accident exist, and they both demand time without limits if the project is from the heart. After a living thing is grown and after a living thing is painted, there is always the need to do it again just a little differently, or a lot differently, but always to do it again. For me, seeing growth makes life meaningful.”

Are Unicorns Real?


The unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. Unicorns are not found in Greek mythology, but rather in the accounts of natural history, for Greek writers of natural history were convinced of the reality of unicorns, which they located in India, a distant and fabulous realm for them.

In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horse-like or goat-like animal with a long horn and cloven hooves (sometimes a goat's beard). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness. In fact, in medieval and Renaissance times, the tusk of the narwhal was sometimes sold as unicorn horn.

These lovely creatures – real or not – are beautifully represented on the center panel of this Pennsylvania German dower chest, dated 1778. 
Dealer Roberto Freitas describes:
This chest was made for Johannes, or "Hannes", Derr, one of Berks County's earliest pewterers, and was passed to his son Peter Derr, who worked in iron, brass and copper. James F. Spears first recorded this chest and the other furnishings of the Derr family house in Berks County in his book “The House of Derr”. In that volume, Spears interpreted the numerous religious and mythological symbols of the chest. He suggested that the five panels represent the fifth Sunday following Epiphany; Matthew, 17th chapter states "Let us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, one for Moses, and one for Elias." The center panel depicts unicorns rearing up for battle in front of an "olaf baum" or olive tree, the symbol of peace. Most other chests of this period substitute a tulip tree for the olive tree. Spears notes that the painting of the outer front panels depicts tulip trees supporting the orange-crimson flowery crowns of royalty, and that in this detail the chest is "peculiarly singular, for unlike any other known chests, it very definitely links Germanic Pennsylvania with the House of Orange and Brunswick" (p. 84). The date of 1778 is also pertinent to the painted decoration, as this was the year the coat-of-arms of the State of Pennsylvania, designed by Caleb Lownes, was adopted. The motifs are very similar, and the state seal depicts two horses rearing up against a shield with an olive branch and corn stalk.
Close parallels to the symbols and painted motifs are found in other area decorative arts, including stove plates, textiles, and other dower chests. This chest relates closely to several other chests found in the vicinity of the Derr house and of Belleman's Church in Tulpehocken Township. 



From Lang Antique and Estate Jewelry, we see fine jewelry depictions of this legendary animal.
On the left: a magical mythical unicorn brooch crafted in rich 18 karat yellow gold. The unicorn is serenely seated with a luxurious textured coat. A small diamond adds a little sparkle as well as tiny ruby eyes.
One the right: a richly detailed and beautifully crafted whimsical unicorn pin sparkling with 2.00 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds and an emerald eye. 



A recent study, published in the American Journal of Applied Sciences proves that unicorns did actually exist — though, not as pretty horses with pearly white manes, wings, and horns. Thanks to a newly discovered skull fossil found in the Pavlodar region of Kazakhstan, we now know that the unicorn - or "Elasmotherium sibiricum" - roamed the planet roughly 29,000 years ago and looked more like a rhinoceros than a horse. Bottom line? Unicorns are real!


Birds of a Feather...


Birds of a feather flock together – at least at The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show they do, as there will be bird depictions in just about every art, medium and style. From the wise owl, sacred to the Greek goddess of learning Athena and a symbol of status, intelligence and wealth, to the statuesque eagle, representing freedom, victory and spiritual quest, there's something here for just about every budding ornithologist. Here's just a few examples:

From epoca:
A well-executed circa 1980 American bronze head of an eagle, signed Charles Beecham (1922- 2012), with listed works in the Smithsonian Art Museums. The turned head and regal gaze with forceful curved bill above a well delineated plumed body along with the warm patination to the surface make for an excellent and iconic piece.


From Lebreton Gallery:
A selection of pieces by renowned French artists François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008).
On the left: Oiseau d'Argent, a lighted brushed aluminum table with folding wings. circa 1990. Signed. Edited by Artcurial, Paris. 
In the middle: Pigeons, a pair of brushed aluminum candle holder birds, circa 1990. Signed, Edited by Artcurial - Paris.
On the right:
Grande Cocotte and Petite Cocotte, black stoneware cache-pots, circa 1990.


From American Garage:
A late 19th century exceptional one-of-a-kind folky full-bodied hand-formed tin cockerel rooster weathervane with a cookie cutter crown, exaggerated beak and flamboyant tail, all in original red, white and blue surface. 


From Antonio's Bella Casa:
A signed 1964 Modernist bronze sculpture of a crow by German-born American artist Bruno Groth (1905-1992). Exceptional patina and tremendously expressive. 



From Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelry: 
On the left is a delightful owl brooch, a gorgeous example of French fin-de-siècle jewelry. Its nuanced design deftly balances naturalism and sleek stylistic interpretation. Finely fashioned, each of the huge eyes is a brilliant white 1.0 carat diamond.
On the right is a one-of-a-kind 1950's Cazzaniga brooch featuring a whimsical bird sitting on a flowering branch set with a 12.5 carat cabochon sapphire as its body and a 2.0 carat cabochon ruby as its head. Superb hand-work combining four different colors of gold in varied textures and finishes demonstrate the sophistication of Cazzaniga’s metal work. Four pear-shaped rubies accented by fine white diamonds make up the floral elements on the branch, and additional brilliant diamonds adorn the plumage. 

Native American Horse Fetish from Jeff Bridgman


Fetishes are Native American representations of animal symbols, typically carved of wood, stone, antler, shell, or bone. The particular animal chosen represents the spirit of the animal or forces of nature. Usually made for good luck and possibly carried for personal protection, they may also have been made to bring good harvest or success on the hunt, or to diagnose or cure illness, and may have been used in ceremonial initiations.

Made circa 1880-90, this particular fetish is pieced and sewn from hide and cloth in the form of a horse, decorated with beadwork in patriotic colors that includes American flag imagery. Patriotic symbols are quite unusual on a fetish. Perhaps this one was made by an Indian for a white soldier. Generally it was mounted cavalry that served in the west and there was much alignment between certain native Americans and the white man. In the Indian language of symbolism with regard to fetishes, the horse was a healer, so the selection of this figure may have served dual purpose.

Calling all Lepidopterists


A person who collects and studies butterflies is a lepidopterist. Lepidopterology - also lepidoptery - is the branch of zoology dealing with both butterflies and moths. Lepidopterists capture butterflies, which are then euthanized in jars with chloroform and pinned to a display board that is typically made of foam or cork. The wings of the insects are extended for best viewing of shapes and colors and carefully fastened to the board with long, thin pins, much like needles. The butterflies are then labeled, often with both their scientific names and common names, and the board is placed in a display cabinet to preserve the insects.
While this branch of entomology is entirely legit, there are more cruelty-free ways of appreciating the beauty of these fascinating creatures, made even more poignant by their often too-short lifespan. Case in point: these amazing butterfly pins, which will be on display this coming October.


Victorian Butterfly Brooch (left)
from Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry
Crafted in silver over yellow gold, this colorful Victorian butterfly brooch is adorned with beautiful gem-set wings and body. Sapphires, rubies, rose-cut diamonds, and pearls all glisten throughout the openwork piece, topped off with tiny emerald eyes. A delightful nature-inspired jewel, circa 1885, with a 1 3/8 inch wingspan.

Antique Butterfly Brooch (right)
from Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry
Spring is always here with this delightful and very colorful butterfly brooch, hand fabricated, circa 1890, in silver over gold with a glittering array of diamonds, rubies, sapphires and a golden zircon in the center. She boasts a 2 inch wing span and the pin is removable so it can be worn as a pendant necklace. Not unusual, there is one garnet and a few synthetic stones mixed in.

Georgian Agate Butterfly
from Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry
A wonderful antique butterfly pin composed of multi-colored agates in subdued earth tones enhanced with delicate granulation work around the edges. A lepidopterist's dream. 1 1/2 inches across by 1 1/4 inch tall.

Sapphire & Diamond Butterfly Brooch
from 66Mint – Fine Estate Jewelry
18Kt Blackened White Gold Butterfly Brooch with a total of 3.71cts of Earth tone Colored Sapphires and 9 Diamond Accents for a total approximate weight of 0.18cts. Brooch weighs 9.3 grams, and measures 1.5″ wide x .75″ tall.

Circa 1890s, American, Antique Diamond & Enamel Butterfly Brooch
from Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers
This extraordinary 14k antique diamond and enamel butterfly brooch is a superlative example of American Art Nouveau jewelry. Glowing enamel and bright white diamonds adorn the textured gold wings of this naturalistic pin. 

Private Collections Art Tour Gets Ready for Another Great Year


This March, seven of San Francisco's most notable art collectors will open their homes to the public for Private Collections, an annual spring art tour benefiting Enterprise for High School Students. Private Collections, now in its 16th year, offers a chance to experience prestigious art collections brought to life through the context of dwelling and through stories of the relationships collectors have developed with the artists, gallerists and curators.

A group on a home tour during Private Collections 2014

Lenore Pereira and Richard Niles' collection of contemporary works by women artists kicks off the event with the Masterpiece tour. Their home, designed by Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects, has won architectural design awards. Reflecting the Niles family's strong feminist culture, their collection includes work by Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Sue Williams, Roni Horn, Tracy Emin and Jenny Holzer as well as local and emerging artists. 

After the Masterpiece tour, ticket holders will gather at Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts gallery in Jackson Square for a lovely evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres in celebration of Private Collections and Enterprise for High School Students.

On March 16th, ticket holders will take a tour of one of six of the following house collections: Clare and Dan Carlevaro; David Fraze and Gary Loeb; Kate Harbin and Adam Clammer; Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe; Jessica Silverman and Sarah Thornton; and Kirsten Wolfe and Andrew Brown. The collections offer a breadth of genres, including contemporary prints, Bay Area Figurative works, photography, 20th century Modern masters and concept-driven art by emerging artists.

Private Collections 2011, The Francis Mill Collection, sculpture by Manuel Neri

After the tours, art enthusiasts come together for a party at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank. Their stunning space exhibits a revolving art collection curated by gallerist Elizabeth Leach. Their current exhibit celebrates the Bay Area's rich tradition of fine art printmaking by highlighting three highly regarded local presses: Magnolia Editions, Paula Bott Press, and Crown Point Press. Recent collections at Ascent include works by David Hockney, Jim Dine, Alex Katz, Peter Phillips and Andy Warhol.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Private Collections 2015

2016 Honorary Chair, Jay Jeffers, at a Private Collections party.

Private Collections 2011

Patrons at Private Collections 2015

Private Collections 2014. The Francis Mill Collection

Time Well Spent at the 2015 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show


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. 

Our 2015 exhibitors came from around the world to offer their exquisite art and antiques:

American Furniture and
Decorative Arts
Almond + Company
American Garage
The Ames Gallery
Clive Devenish Antiques
Colonial Arts
Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques
Roberto Freitas American Antiques                  
Yew Tree House Antiques
Asian Art
The Cicero Collection
Galen Lowe Art and Antiques
J.R. Richards
English and Continental Furniture
and Decorative Arts
Carlton Hobbs LLC
Clinton Howell Antiques
Daniel Stein Antiques, Inc.
Finnegan Gallery
Foster-Gwin, Inc.
Il Segno del Tempo
James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art
Jayne Thompson Antiques
Lebreton Gallery
Michael Pashby Antiques
Steinitz Gallery
T. Reggiardo Antiques
Vandueren Galleries, Inc.
Jewelry and Silver
Arthur Guy Kaplan Antiques
Gallery 925
Lawrence Jeffrey
Past Era Antique Jewelry
David Brooker Fine Art
Joel B. Garzoli Fine Art
John Berggruen Gallery
Montgomery Gallery & Modern
William A. Karges Fine Art
Janice Paull
Jesse Davis Antiques
Richard Gould Antiques
Textiles and Rugs
Doris Leslie Blau 
Kathleen Taylor, The Lotus Collection

Peter Pap Oriental Rugs

Photography, Works on Paper and Books
Arader Galleries
Carlson & Stevenson
Hayden & Fandetta Books
Isaac & Ede
Peter Fetterman Gallery
The Philadelphia Print Shop West
Ursus Prints
Tribal Art and Antiques
Joel Cooner Gallery
KR Martindale Gallery                                         
Patrick & Ondine Mestdagh
Thomas Murray Asiatica-Ethnographica             
William Siegal Gallery

J.R. Richards Gallery

Mallett Antiques

Steinitz Gallery 

William Siegal Gallery

Carlson & Stevenson Antiques

Lebreton Gallery


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 WeismanAllison 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"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

Looking Forward

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! 

Designer Vignettes at the show's entry


Suzanne Tucker, chair of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, explains:
“This year, we revived the designers' vignettes at the show entry – designed by Ike Kligerman Barkley -  and it is a true highlight as three creative firms, Fisher Weisman, Allison Caccoma and Geoffrey deSousa showcase the passage of time, and the timelessness of art and antiques.”


Allison Caccoma

With a passion for beautiful objects, antiques, materials and color, Allison Caccoma’s inviting interiors are sophisticated and elegant, yet comfortable and timeless. A lifetime New Yorker who started her professional career in finance on Wall Street, Allison later received a degree from the New York School of Interior Design. Classically trained for many years under the legendary Bunny Williams, this New York designer now resides in San Francisco, where she practices the time-honored, detail driven approach to decorating:

“‘The show's theme Time After Time helps one see, through art and antiques, that what is old truly is new again and most importantly, it is as timeless as can be.  With the theme of the 18th century for my vignette, the walls are wrapped in a bold version of an 18th century British textile design documented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – and beautifully manufactured by de Gournay.  By enlarging the scale of the pattern and pairing it with a high gloss graphic painted floor, it instantly becomes contemporary.  Mid-century salon chairs paired with an 18th century cabinet and modern lamp all live quite happily together. The mix is one that will endure the test of time.”


Geoffrey de Sousa

Known for creating interiors that are cosmopolitan and warmly modern, Geoffrey de Sousa brings connoisseurship to each residence his firm designs. Over the past twenty years, De Sousa's projects have included residences for many of the Bay Area's leading entrepreneurs, CEOs and tastemakers and include a San Francisco home by Robert A.M. Stern, a Sonoma B&B and residences throughout the Bay Area, New York, Palm Springs and Boston. Whether a San Francisco Victorian or modern Palm Springs retreat, De Sousa's work embraces both the classic and cutting edge:

“Our moment in time pays homage to the mid-century Brazilian furniture designer Joaquim Tenreiro.  In our vignette his pieces are at home; surrounded by the sculptural Araucaria forest, skillfully hand painted on silk by de Gournay.  The horizontal, spreading branches reference the space age forms iconic to the mid-century period. Tenreiro's language of organic simplicity utilizes native materials such as cane and jacaranda wood, materials that had been overlooked in Brazil for centuries. The coffee table epitomizes this; a thick, tree cross section details the rings of time. With my Portuguese heritage and Great Grandmother being born in Santos, Brazil I gained great interest in the work of Joaquim Tenreiro years ago.”


Fisher Weisman

Originality and enduring beauty are the hallmarks of Fisher Weisman designs. Their interiors, furniture, lighting and textile designs are created on a custom basis in their San Francisco studio. Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman bring over fifty years of design experience to every project. They approach their work with imagination, careful attention to detail, restraint and a wonderful sense of humor:

“ With the theme of Time after Time and the period of Antiquity as our guide, we were inspired by the gilded tapestry (see below) that Andrew recently completed. The rain of golden squares alludes to the passage of time in an hour glass, a perfect reference to the passage of time in antiquity. Our design for the wallpaper being made by de Gournay is inspired by Andrew’s tapestry and is set against a cobalt blue silk sky that evokes a sense of night and fireworks falling from the sky.
Our vignette's furnishings include elegant pieces from Carlton Hobbs that are inspired by antiquity, and a spectacular carpet from Peter Pap Oriental Rugs. A group of hourglasses sits on the center table we designed for Casa Acanto. The fanciful chandelier above is also from our Casa Acanto line. Kathleen Deery Design provided gilded trees and leaves to complete the sense of a nighttime fantasy garden.”


The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is thrilled to have these three top designers showcasing their unique vision and interpretation of this year's theme. Thank you all!