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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
Aedicule   
Carlton Hobbs LLC
Clinton Howell Antiques
Daniel Stein Antiques, Inc.
epoca
Finnegan Gallery
Foster-Gwin, Inc.
Il Segno del Tempo
James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art
Jayne Thompson Antiques
Lebreton Gallery
Mallett
Michael Pashby Antiques
Piraneseum
Steinitz Gallery
T. Reggiardo Antiques
Vandueren Galleries, Inc.
Jewelry and Silver
Arthur Guy Kaplan Antiques
Gallery 925
Kentshire
Lawrence Jeffrey
Past Era Antique Jewelry
 
Paintings
ArtGiverny
David Brooker Fine Art
Joel B. Garzoli Fine Art
John Berggruen Gallery
Montgomery Gallery & Modern
William A. Karges Fine Art
Ceramics
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

Foster-Gwin

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!

De Gournay

 

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is delighted to have the sponsorship of de Gournay, manufacturer of exquisite hand crafted wall coverings. The firm was founded in 1986 by Claud Cecil Gurney. After searching for artisans to restore the antique wallpaper in his own home, he discovered that this traditional art was on the verge of disappearing and made it his mission to resurrect it. Traveling to China, he searched out artists whose families had generations of experience and shared the passion for continuing these ancient techniques. While inspiration for de Gournay’s products come from the 17th and 18th centuries, they are equally at home in contemporary settings.

As part of this sponsorship de Gournay has created three completely unique hand painted wallpapers, designed exclusively by three talented and esteemed San Francisco-based interior designers: Fisher Weisman, Allison Caccoma and Geoffrey de Sousa. These wallpapers will be on display in the designers’ vignettes at the main entrance to the show. Each wallpaper corresponds to the theme of each individual vignette: Antiquities, 18th Century and Mid-Century Modern. 

 

Flowered Damask designed by Allison Caccoma 

Allison Caccoma's vignette - entitled Lounging in the Reflection of the 18th Century - references a textile fragment from theVictoria and Albert museum, which she has completely reinvented and reinvigorated by depicting the design in an unexpected over-sized scale and using a contemporary ‘bas relief’ technique. With this technique, de Gournay was able to raise the damask pattern out of the rose antiqued hand gilded ground to create a 3-dimensional effect. The pattern is then burnished by hand to enhance the drama and depth. 

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Dancing Araucaria designed by Geoffrey de Sousa 

Geoffrey de Sousa's vignette - entitled Passage of Time - adopts the theme of mid-century modern and pays homage to the mid-century Brazilian furniture designer Joaquim Tenreiro. To provide a context for Joaquim’s pieces, Geoffrey referenced the sculptural Araucaria forests native to Brazil in his design for a hand painted de Gournay silk wallpaper. The horizontal, spreading branches echo the space age forms iconic to the mid-century period. Geoffrey says “With my Portuguese heritage and Great Grandmother being born in Santos, Brazil I gained great interest in the work of JoaquimTenreiro years ago.” 

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Final product:

 

 

Rainfall designed by Fisher Weisman 

Fisher Weisman, whose vignette theme is Antiquities, have referenced a golden tapestry that Andrew Fisher designed as part of a series of tapestries he has created over the past few years incorporating paper, steel and linen — all dipped in 24 carat Italian gold leaf, sometimes glazed with oil paint. Fisher Weisman say, “These tapestries blend a sense of the ancient and the modern and were inspired by antique textiles (particularly by ancient ceremonial Chinese armor), by music (particularly Eric Satie), and the weather (rain, light snow, and wind).” One of the tapestries directly inspired their design for the lattice effect wallpaper which depicts falling squares, hand gilded by de Gournay in 22 carat gold and 12 carat white gold onto an intense midnight blue silk base. The squares appear to tumble down the silk wallpaper so the vignette is literally dripping in precious gold. 

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Final product:

 

Hannah Cecil Gurney, director of de Gournay, explains: “Working on these three custom projects has been an exciting and extraordinary project for de Gournay that we shall remember for a long time to come.We hope you find these wallpapers as inspiring as we do. Thank you to the talented designers whose visions created them.”

And thank you to de Gournay, for this amazing and absolutely unique contribution to the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show!

 

Peter Fetterman Gallery

 

Peter Fetterman has been deeply involved in the medium of photography for over 30 years. Initially a filmmaker and collector, he set up his first gallery over 20 years ago. He was one of the pioneer tenants of Bergamot Station, the Santa Monica Center of the Arts when it first opened in 1994. The Peter Fetterman Gallery has one of the largest inventories of classic 20th century photography in the country, particularly in humanist photography. Diverse holdings include work by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Steve McCurry, Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Willy Ronis, André Kertesz, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lillian Bassman, Pentti Sammallahti, Stephen Wilkes and Jeffrey Conley. Peter and his colleagues are committed to promoting the awareness and appreciation of the most powerful of the mediums in an intimate, user-friendly salon environment. He shares the following about the upcoming show: “The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show has continually been a successful show for us, allowing our gallery to connect with great Bay Area clients. We find that this antiques show tends to have a very sophisticated attendance, mostly connoisseurs with serious and educated knowledge of what we exhibit.”

 

Sid Avery, Frank Sinatra at a Capital Records Recording Session in Los Angeles, 1958. 
C-Print, 20 x 16 inches. ©Estate of Sid Avery.

“Many of the pieces we are bringing are an extension of our upcoming Frank Sinatra & Audrey Hepburn - A Life in Pictures exhibition that opens in our gallery on November 1, so that will be a highlight of our booth, and I suspect a highlight of the whole show as they are both proven crowd favorites.”

 

Elliott Erwitt, Marilyn Monroe, New York, 1956.
Platinum print, 30 x 40 in, Ed. Of 12. ©Elliott Erwitt.

“The Elliott Erwitt print of Marilyn Monroe, along with his famous Malibu Kiss image, will be exhibited at the Fall Antiques Show as rare 30x40 limited edition (12) platinum prints of which these are the only remaining copies.”

 

Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944.
Gelatin silver print, 15 x 19 in.

Paul Caponigro, Running White Deer, County Wicklow, Ireland, 1967. 
Signed gelatin silver print. 8 x 20 inches.

“The Ansel Adams and Caponigro prints are rare hand-made silver gelatin gems. These are an exhibition extension as well, following the closing of our current exhibition, American Masters: The Silver Print, honoring the endangered art form of traditional darkroom printing and those who mastered the medium.”

 

Yousuf Karsh, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1956
Gelatin silver print. 20 x 16 in.

“Yousuf Karsh is arguably the greatest portrait photographer of the 20th Century, and the O'Keeffe print is truly masterful and will be flanked by his iconic portraits of Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.”

 

Additional works from Stephen Wilkes, Jeffrey Conley, Ormond Gigli and San Francisco legendary figures Fred Lyon and Ruth Bernhard will also be on display. The Peter Fetterman Gallery will be at booth #38.

Vandeuren Galleries

 

A passionate collector of French, continental and Beidermeier antiques, Bernard Vandeuren established his antiques store in the heart of Los Angeles in 2002 as a complement to his flourishing fine art frame atelier. His ever-changing collection of exceptional, pedigreed fine French and European and rare antiques from the Louis XV, Regency and Beidermeier periods is carefully curated and hand selected during his trips to Europe:

"We were so impressed with the opening night event and our sales results after last year's show that we couldn't pass up the opportunity to exhibit this year. We organized to have a new shipment of antiques arriving from Europe which will be shown to the public for the very first time at the show."

 

French Mazarin desk
Multiple inlays of Sycamore, walnut and various precious woods
18th century
W 41.5 inches D 23 inches H 33 inches

“This is a extraordinary desk from France, rare and beautiful, with superb craftsmanship, especially with the sublime inlays with woods like Sycamore.” 

 

Austrian Armoire/Commode
Multiple walnut inlays
Circa 1760
H 81 inches W 66 inches D 26.5 inches

“A simply magnificent, magistral cabinet from ca. 1760 which features superb wood inlays on the front and side panels, as well as an interior that has never been altered and has kept the extraordinary original hardware.” 

 

Austrian Dresser/Commode 
Multiple inlays on drawers and top of the chest
Circa 1800
W 49.5 inches H 36 inches D 26.25 inches

“Another masterpiece from the pre-Biedermeier era with a classic charm because of its understated elegance.” 

 

Portuguese chest
Solid rosewood
19th century

“This superb chest – which comes in two pieces and has doors that open on the side - is quite a remarkable eye catching piece of furniture that would complement both a classic or modern interior.”

 

Vandeuren Galleries will be at booth #17.

William Siegal Gallery

 

For over 40 years, William Siegal has assembled the world’s largest collection of Andean Textiles dating from 750 BC to the 19th Century. Ceremonial objects & artifacts from Meso & South American cultures, Ancient Chinese, Southeast Asia, African and Indonesian museum-quality pieces are also represented. The William Siegal Gallery is located in Santa Fe’s dynamic Railyard District, now a major arts destination throughout the world and the central location of Santa Fe’s contemporary art scene. It is a high-concept space that exhibits a distinguished collection of ancient art and artifacts alongside contemporary works of art, a rare opportunity to appreciate art that spans 5,000 years and many different cultures, while inspiring a new collecting sensibility; the remarkable dialogue between the pieces is always surprising and profound.

 

Here are two San Francisco Fall Antiques Show previews from the William Siegal Gallery:

Feathered Panel
Nasca Culture - Peru
200 - 600 AD
Blue Macaw Feathers on Cotton Ground
90 x 37 inches

Excavated from the well known temple site at Corral Redondo in 1948, this Huari Feathered Panel is one of the most recognizable of all Pre-Columbian feather textiles. With sister examples hanging in museum collections around the world, and numerous appearances in publications on the Huari (or Wari ) Culture, it is an iconic example of Andean workmanship and aesthetics.

 

Mosaic Mask
Aztec Culture - Meso America
1350 - 1521 AD
Gold, Coral, Turquoise on wood
6 x 5.75 x 2.75 inches

Unlike the ferocious expressions typically portrayed in mosaic masks of the Aztec and Mixtec, this exceedingly rare example - originally collected by Alfred Stendahl in the 1950's - has a very meditative expression with downward gazing eyes and a closed mouth.

 

William Siegal Gallery will be at booth #55.

James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art

 

Founded in 2002, James Sansum Fine and Decorative art is located on the upper east side of Manhattan. The gallery offers a diverse selection of American and European furniture and decorative objects, as well as Asian works of art and Old Master drawings, from the eighteenth through the twentieth century. In addition, James Sansum exhibits contemporary art and design, created by a select group of international painters, photographers and sculptors. James Sansum has been a fine art and antiques dealer for more than twenty years. He has written extensively on art and design, and has curated several critically acclaimed exhibitions on European boxes, textiles, and works on paper. With his extensive training and eye for the unusual, Sansum combines a scholarly background with a modern design sensibility to offer an array of truly exceptional pieces.

James states the following on the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show:
“The Fall Antiques Show is an iconic event; the oldest and finest antiques show on the West Coast. I am honored to be included as an exhibitor, and am always amazed by the caliber of beautiful and rare objects, at every price point, on display. In addition, the fact that the show solely benefits a worthy charitable organization, Enterprise for High School Students, makes it doubly important, especially with the glut of art and antiques fairs solely driven by profit.
I play a game at every art and antiques show, whether I am in a buying mood or not. Walking the aisles, as if on a treasure hunt, I look for my favorite pieces, and then, after some contemplation, choose my dream purchase. Sometimes it is a painting by an iconic artist and other times it is a humble object with extraordinary charm. It’s an amusing way to engage the eye and to hone one’s collecting skills. I also recommend that visitors take advantage of the concentrated gathering of experts in the various fields of the fine and decorative arts, namely the exhibiting dealers at the show. Questions are always welcome and free of charge!”

Highlights for the James Sansum offering include:

Shoolbred Cabinet, circa 1875


Made in England in circa 1875, this fine and rare Aesthetic Movement cabinet is ebonized with incised motifs and painted panels on gilded grounds depicting floral and foliate motifs in the Japanese taste as well as architectural motifs in the Pompeiian taste, all of the highest quality. The design is attributed to H.W. Batley (1846-1932), a well known artistic figure in the late nineteenth century. A pupil of Bruce Talbert, Batley produced designs with a distinct Asian influence for textiles and furniture for such well known cabinet markers at Collinson & Lock and James Shoolbred & Co. This cabinet, retaining its original Shoolbred label, is an important and documented example of the Aesthetic taste in England that influenced such American designers as the Herter Brothers and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

 

Avisseau Charger, circa 1850


Made in France in circa 1850, this rare large Palissy ware charger, depicting reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans, is attributed to Charles-Jean Avisseau (1795-1861). Palissy Ware is a nineteenth century term for ceramics produced in the style of the famous sixteenth century French potter, Bernard Palissy (circa 1510-1590), who popularized a rustic form of ceramic art that has endured to this day. Referring to his own work as “rustique,” Palissy created a distinctive style of polychrome lead-glazed earthenware (majolica) in a somber earth-toned palette, using naturalistic motifs in high relief. He is best known for the grotto he created for Catherine de Medici at Tuileries Palace. His distinctive style of pottery is characterized by three-dimensional animals, often aquatic, such as snakes, fish, lizards, frogs and snails, arranged onto large platters with each component modeled and painted individually. Palissy's slinking lizards, coiled snakes, and scaly fish inspired a bevy of European artisans to reinterpret his work, and energize a revival movement that would last until the end of the nineteenth century. The most important figure in the revivalist movement of the art of Palissy was Charles-Jean Avisseau, whose determination and skill led to the discovery in 1843 of Palissy's lost secrets for glazing and enameling, which created a new enthusiasm for ceramic rustic ware that endured for almost fifty years. His work influenced scores of ceramists across France and well beyond its borders.

 

Steiner Watercolor, 1810


A noted Swiss painter, draftsman and engraver, Emanuel Steiner first studied painting in Winterthur with J.R. Schellenberg. He also trained in Zurich as an etcher with G.C.F. Oberkogler. In 1796, Steiner moved to Dresden to study under the eminent painter, Anton Graff, at the Academy, where he remained for several years. In 1803, Steiner lived in Rome for some time before moving to Paris, where he worked for several years before returning to Switzerland. His collection of copper engravings was the basis for the Print Room in Winterthur, which holds two oil paintings and several watercolors and drawings by Steiner. This fine still life watercolor, in its original frame, is signed, dated 1810, and included in the artist’s catalogue raisonné. Considered one of Steiner’s finest works, this watercolor depicts flowers in a footed coupe on a stone ledge with many different insects, including butterflies, and a salamander, all drawn with assurance and finesse.

 

James Sansum Fine and Decorative Art will be at booth #50.

Doris Leslie Blau

 

With three decades of expertise, Doris Leslie Blau offers a curated collection of antique and vintage carpets that speak to today's customer. The collection encompasses some of the world's oldest, rarest and most astonishing pieces, such as finely-woven Persian Tabrizes or Sultanabads, oversized Turkish Oushaks, unusual Indian weavings, exceptional Russian, Bessarabian, Spanish, English, and French antique and vintage rugs, as well as more recent 20th century modern Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco rugs. The weaving techniques are as eclectic as the countries of origin: flat-woven, hand-knotted, hooked, shaggy and needlepoint are only a few examples from the Doris Leslie Blau collection expanding as far as Morocco, Scandinavia, China, and the United States.

Doris Leslie Blau will be displaying the following three carpets on the walls of their booth, and several other smaller ones on the floor:

 

An early 20th century Persian Art Deco rug


This Persian Art Deco rug is of perfect symmetry and supreme elegance. The sea-blue center crosses the graphic linear border and creates a powerful chromatic and tonal contrast with the beige background. A bold vertical vine, issuing thin black and white leaves, further emphasizes the striking symmetry of the design. The rug is 100% wool, hand-knotted. The Art Deco style owes its name to the first major exhibition of decorative arts to be held after the First World War: L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. The undeniable elegance of the custom at the event has served as inspiration for interior designers the world over, delivering a dramatic change of style to furnishings in general, and early 20th century rugs and carpets in particular. Decorative arts of this period, sometimes known as the Machine Age, are characterized by a streamlined appearance - which can be seen in this vintage Art Deco carpet.

 

A circa 1940's vintage Swedish flat-woven rug. 


This rug is made of 100% wool, hand-woven. Alternating geometric shapes in blue, beige and grey, this timeless piece is modernist and sophisticated. It bears a woven signature in the edge: CW. In Sweden, carpets and rugs have been hand-knotted in wool for centuries, taking on many different forms and functions over the course of time. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the craft was seen as being an important artistic and cultural practice throughout Sweden, and designers began to make rugs that had a broad international appeal. Scandinavian rugs from the mid-twentieth century, endorsed by such fixtures of modernism as Le Corbusier, Ray Eames and Frank Lloyd Wright, remain among the most desirable and sought-after in the rug world.

 

A circa 1940's vintage Indian Dhurrie 


This Dhurrie brings modern qualities to traditional Indian ornamental details. Stylized floral elements are alternating in rows mimicking Indian preyer beads or flower garlands. The chromatic scheme is modern: blue and beige with saffron-yellow accents as proof of its Indian identity. The rug is 100% cotton, hand-woven in the traditional Dhurrie style. In the twentieth century, Dhurries began to be recognized and lauded as a significant art form of the Indian subcontinent. Transcending social boundaries, the Dhurrie flat-woven rugs were used by both commoner and royalty, as versatile and welcome in a dirt-floor hut as they are in the most palatial home. At its simplest, a Dhurrie is a multi-purpose textile used as a floor covering, or for bedding or packaging, while the most elaborate examples were woven with the finest fibers and enhanced by gold-wrapped thread and graced the palaces of royalty.

 

Doris Leslie Blau will be at booth #7.

Aedicule

 

Aedicule's Peter Werkhoven is an award-winning European master gilder and frame maker, specializing in the conservation of picture frames, antique objects and historical architecture. 

He trained at the historic Dutch firm, Gehring & Heijdenrijk in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, under Paul Gehring, a third generation frame maker, mastering the craft of gilding and antique restoration/conservation for more than 10 years, before opening his atelier in San Francisco in 2003.

Antique relics dating from as far back as the 13th Century up to this era have passed through Peter's studio and have received conservation treatments. Aedicule goes to great lengths to achieve historical accuracy and preservation, and subscribes to the American Institute of Conservation's Code of Ethics. The conservation of picture frames, antique furniture and artifacts is one of Aedicule's specialties. While every item is unique and requires a different approach, all work carried out is always done with integrity to the original object.

Peter says:
"I look forward to the Fall Antiques Show because it is a great way to reconnect with my clients and colleagues. It is energizing to stroll around and see what other galleries are offering, to make friends and to find ideas that I can incorporate into my business. The opening gala is always a wonderful celebration, and the highlight of the fall season here in San Francisco!
Also, we are very excited this year to announce that we are offering examples of gilded wall paneling in our antique picture frames. So, on top of presenting our beautifully hand carved and gilded antique  - but usually empty - picture frames, we will be displaying samples of the ancient usage of karat gilding through our wall paneling. We feel that from a design perspective, this will be a great addition to our booth and will be very inspiring to both designers and individuals.”

 

 

Here are some more highlights from Aedicule:

An Italian, Venetian, black molding frame with various ripples, circa 1750

 

A rare Portuguese carved and gilt frame, circa 1680.

 

Continental giltwood carved looking glass, 18th century, with a floral crest surmounting the rectangular looking glass, flanked with a molded border

Aedicule will be at booth #56.

Carlson & Stevenson Antiques

 

Phyllis Carlson and Timothy Stevenson of Carlson & Stevenson Antiques – based in Manchester, Vermont - specialize in early 19th century watercolors, folk art, and painted furniture.

Here are a few Fall Antiques Show previews from Carlson & Stevenson:

 

"Oh My, She's very Leveled Headed - Her Father was a Lawyer!" signed By Barbara Shermund. 
Original cartoon for the New Yorker Magazine published in the July 30, 1927 issue.
Framed and matted, measuring 29.5 inches high by 34 inches wide.

Go Right on Working - We Won't Mind! signed by Barbara Shermund. 
Original cartoon for the New Yorker Magazine published in the June 4, 1927 issue.
Framed and matted, measuring 27.5 inches high by 35 inches wide.

Barbara Shermund (1899-1978) was born in San Francisco, the daughter of a sculptor and an architect, who encouraged her art talent. She attended the California School of Fine Arts. At 20 she moved to New York City where she began working for The New Yorker within its first months of existence in 1925 – both writing and drawing cartoons.
She painted eight covers and drew hundreds of cartoons for The New Yorker. Shermund’s humor was essential for the times. She went on to become a contributing cartoonist at Esquire, Life, and Collier’s Weekly. She is included in New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly’s book Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons.  She was voted in as one of the earliest female members of the National Cartoonist Society in 1950. Shermund’s worldly style features gay and snappy satires; and the foibles of various proud elements of society and the intelligentsia became hilarious targets of her artist wit. 

Of special note: The capital "R" on the first piece is Harold Ross's (The New Yorker's founder and first publisher) approval of the cartoon. In the first 5 years or so, nothing got in an issue of  The New Yorker without this approval. This is referenced in the book My Years with Ross by James Thurber, page 61.
In the early years of the magazine, artwork was returned to the artist after printing; not today!

 

Four 1960s modern paintings.
Part of a set of sixteen that will be brought to the Fall Antiques Show.

These were found in Gloucester, Mass. There is a signature on one, but it can't be authenticated. They measure 12 inches high by 14.5 inches wide, matted and framed.

 

Two watercolors by J.J. Wilson

These watercolors were painted in the 1890's  by J.J. Wilson, after George Catlin who first painted the American Indians in the 1830's. We will be showing seven of them. Above are the green corn dance and a sweat lodge. These have an interesting provenance: the pictures were stored for 30 years by a book dealer who received them from Rocky and Avis Gardner, noted antique dealers from the post World War II era. They are referred to in Elizabeth Stillinger's book on American Folk Art A Kind of Archaeology, a book about those who found and collected early American Folk Art.

 

A pair of late 19th century European (probably Swiss) metal painted and decorated beds. 

Both ends and the side panels are painted and decorated. Condition of both is very good.

 

Carlson & Stevenson Antiques will be at booth #57.

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