SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW
(with assistance from Maria Medua)
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San Francisco Fall Antiques Show at Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center: Preview Party Benefit Gala.
Exhibitors: American Garage, Los Angeles, CA; Ames Gallery, Berkeley, CA; Arader Galleries, San Francisco, CA; R.M. Barokh Antiques, Beverly Hills, CA; Nicolaus Boston Antiques, County Limerick, Ireland; Nicholas Brawer Gallery, New York, NY; Jeff R. Bridgman, American Antiques, Historic York County, PA; David Brooker Fine Art, Southport, CT; Colonial Arts, San Francisco, CA; William Cook, Berkshire, England; Joel Cooner Gallery, Dallas, TX; Danish Silver, Copenhagen, Denmark; Jessie Davis Antiques, London, England; Engs-Dimitri Works of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Les Enluminures, Chicago, IL; epoca, San Francisco, CA; Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Finnegan Gallery, Chicago, IL; Foster-Gwin, Inc., San Francisco, CA; N&I Franklin, London, England; Gilt! aka Aedicule, San Francisco, CA; Gioia, New York, NY; Sullivan Goss - An American Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; Richard Gould Antiques, Los Angeles, CA; Habité, Los Angeles, CA; Hayden & Fandetta Rare Books, New York, NY; Haynes Fine Art of Broadway, Worcestershire, England; Carlton Hobbs LLC, New York, NY; Leanne Hull Fine Art, La Jolla, CA; Imari Gallery, Sausalito, CA; Imperial Fine Books and Oriental Art, New York, NY; John Jaffa Antiques, London, England; Lucy Johnson, London, England; Kentshire, New York, NY; Lawrence Jeffrey, Litchfield, CT; Thomas Livingston Antiques, Berkeley, CA; Galen Lowe Art & Antiques, Seattle, WA; Mallett Inc., New York, NY; Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Midori Far Eastern Gallery, Miami, FL; Obsolete, Venice, CA; Susan Ollemans Oriental Art, London, England; Pamela, Malibu, CA; Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, Inc., San Francisco, CA; Janice Paull, Portmao, Portugal; Philadelphia Print Shop, Philadelphia, PA; J.R. Richards, Los Angeles, CA; Il Segno del Tempo, Milano, Italy; G. Sergeant Antiques, Woodbury, CT; Spencer Marks, Southampton, MA; Daniel Stein Antiques, Inc., San Francisco, CA; Steinitz, Paris, France; Sarah Stocking Fine Antique Posters, San Francisco, CA; Eve Stone Antiques, Ltd., Woodbridge, CT; Kathleen Taylor - The Lotus Collection, San Francisco, CA; Therien & Co., Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Jayne Thompson Antiques, Harrodsburg, KY; Earle Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc., Maryknoll, NY; Xanadu Gallery LLC, San Francisco, CA; Yew Tree House Antiques, New York, NY.
Review by Maria Medua: The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is an annual event that takes place at Festival Pavilion in Fort Mason Center. This year, the show features an exhibition entitled, "Sea Worthy - The Best of Nautical Art." As always, SF Fall Antiques includes premier antiques dealers from the United States and Europe. There is diverse material from periods spanning the 16th to the 20th Century.
The nautical theme brings out the best in the show's designers. They tap Obsolete Gallery of Venice Beach, CA (Booth 40) for a striking contemporary art installation by Ron Pippin. The piece consists of 120 reconstructed found model ships stacked on rough-hewn scaffolding illuminated with bare light bulbs.
The show has a reputation for setting trends. It was the first to include photography. The original form of this media which relied on emulsion film light sensitive paper, and chemistry, is fast becoming antique thanks to growth of digital technology.
Nicholas Brawer Gallery of New York (Booth 23) shows a collection of binoculars developed in 1936 for the Imperial Japanese Navy by a company that was the precursor to Nikon. The binoculars are so well made that the design remained in use until 1965.The restored pieces are examples of how collectible objects function as handmade works of art, as well as historical artifacts.
More Highlights: A mahogany side table in the shape of Cupid's bow once owned by Oprah Winfrey at Carlton Hobbes LLC (Booth 1); Helen Frankenthaler relief on handmade paper pieces at Meyerovich Gallery (Booth 59); A Lowell Nesbitt architectural painting en grisaille and an anonymous Trantra painting at Engs-Dimitri Works of Art (Booth 20); A page from a 16th Century book by a Master of Lubeck depicting four scenes from the life of Christ including the Entry into Jerusalem, Last Supper, Agony in the Garden, and his Betrayal and Arrest, at Les Enluminures (Booth 21).
Comment by AB: It's that time of year again (plus GO GIANTS & VAMANOS GIGANTES!!!). The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, ensconced for the weekend here at Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion, offers all manner of lavishly extravagant trinkets, treasures, ornaments, rarities, doohickies, dealie-bobs, accessories, appurtenances and superfluities that you will not see anywhere else... guaranteed. Tonight's gala preview spectacular benefitting Enterprise for High School Students celebrates every last bit of it with one of San Francisco's most lavish and grand parties of the year.
Top international dealers from California, New York City, London, Milan, Miami, Philadelphia, Copenhagen, Paris, Ireland, Harrodsburg, KY and points beyond converge on the premises with the best in antique, period and vintage furnishings, lighting, silver, jewelry, sculpture, tapestries, carpets, paintings, books, curiosities, oddities, artifacts, a kinetic miniature cow, flags, bathing suits, signage, and way way more. My faves? Several forward-thinking Los Angeles galleries twist it up way beyond tradition, paving the acquisitory way with non-traditional collectibles that collectors who buy now will be glad they did later. The show runs through Sunday and is well worth the experience. Don't believe me? Check this out...
Here we are - San Francisco Fall Antiques Show 2012. Wait... I see a trophy...
Whoa... it's the America's Cup... spectacular! Now off to the show...
Kinetic cow art (so real it's creepy) at Obsolete, Venice, CA.
Wayne Thiebaud (left), Roy Lichtenstein (right) - Leanne Hull Fine Art, La Jolla, CA.
Amazing antique high-power binoculars at Nicholas Brawer Gallery, NYC.
Oversized operable safety pin sculpture at William Cook, Berkshire, England.
Antique majolica at Jesse Davis Antiques, London, England.
Serious jewelry at Lawrence Jeffrey, Litchfield, CT.
View down the aisle - San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.
Cherry 1959 Roy de Forest painting (right) at Foster-Gwin Inc., SF ($78K).
Fine bindings to be seen but not read at Imperial Fine Books, NYC.
Quick rack of lamb break. Mmmm... tasty. OK, back to work.
Spanish colonial antiques and artifacts at Colonial Arts, SF.
Awesome majolica (frog, left - $16.5K) at Nicolaus Boston, Ireland.
Ballgame in the back room... Los Gigantes lead 5-0, Scudero on deck...
... and gourmet ballpark franks... only at the SF Fall Antiques Show.
I'd love one... thank you! Excellent. Now back to the show...
Rare illuminated manuscripts at Les Enluminures, Paris, New York & Chicago.
This looks interesting. Shall we? OK.
Panelling & antiques at Steinitz, Paris - you can buy the whole room.
Sarah Stocking shows posters as art at Sarah Stocking Antique Posters.
Fabulous antique men's bathing suits at American Garage, Los Angeles.
Scandalous antiques at American Garage, Los Angeles.
One more from American Garage, Los Angeles (do you think I like this booth?).
Cavier & vodka break. OK... back to work...
Flag art at Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques, Historic York County, PA.
Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, San Francisco.
Asian arts at J. R. Richards, Los Angeles.
Antique childrens' books at Hayden & Fandetta Rare Books, New York.
Copper & brass extravaganza at Eve Stone Antiques, Woodbridge, CT.
Exquisite textiles at Kathleen Taylor Lotus Collection, San Francisco.
Big ass sax sculpture at Il Segno del Tempo, Milan, Italy (like it).
One more from Il Segno del Tempo, Milan, Italy (great booth).