Saturday, October 30, 2010

the San Francisco Fall Antique Show 2010 = fabulous & fun!

Every year in October, The San Francisco Fall Antique Show marks the first real party of the season in the Interior Design world.  Held in the Design Pavilion at Fort Mason located on the SF Bay, it gives the event a true San Francisco setting. 

This year the theme was, Chinoiserie: Rococo to Eco, and they pulled out all the stops.

My fellow co-worker/interior designer/friend/one crafty lady, Becky and I ventured to the opening party in anticipation of fabulous antiques, seeing old vendors, meeting new vendors, champagne and of course…..the dessert table.

i wasn't kidding.

What a fantastic evening!  Everybody was dressed to the nines.  Not a pair of blue jeans in site! Chic cocktail dresses and jewels abounded with men in sharp suits and fantastic neck wear – including many a bow tie….interesting…and it worked!

It was a such a treat to meet Liz O’Brien who always has such a well edited and drool-worthy collection of 20th century pieces including Samuel Marx, Karl Springer and Billy Haines.  She always has something that I have never seen before.  I had to ask her how she even manages to part with the pieces she comes across – her simple answer?  “Its hard”.  Take for example this curved wall-mounted crackle lacquer and glass bookcase by Samuel Marx in 1943.  It gave me chills.  I know that is somewhat dramatic, but it did.

Here is it's fabulousness in the original setting - a residence in Chicago, IL....yes, please....

Here are a few of my favorites from the show: most favorite vendor in Los will fall in love with everything there.  promise. I loved their corrugated metal booth with its creamy white lacquer finish.  I'm a sucker for corrugated metal.

the dashing David Serrano with his amazing orange-stiched tie.  

okay.  lets discuss.  This pair of mahogany and brass Arturo Pani etageres are the chicest etageres ever.  I adore the bottom detail.  circa 1940s.

their booth looked perfect.  Those chandeliers?  They make them.  Read more about Downtown here.

this noah's ark with animals from Robert Young Antiques was captivating.

here's a similar one that sold so you can get a true 3-dimensional sense of all the pairs of animals.  bet you didn't think you would want a German wooden noah's ark set with animals from 1875 before you read this, did you?!

the Ames Gallery (based out of Berkeley) had these architectural drawings by A.G. Rizzoli that Becky and I went nuts for. The Art Deco period showcased here along with the softness of colors were dreamy.

Elliot Erwitt photograph with a Janel Holiday favorite...the chihuahua!

Arader Galleries out of New York 

a collection of walking sticks at Il Degno Del Tempo.

this unsigned console from the 1970s was great.  Various metal patchworked peices. Il Degno Del Tempo

german shepherd and pug glass and silver decanters at Kentshire.

Anglo-Indian ivory-veneered side chair, circa 1775.  This pair of chairs are coincidently the same price as a mid-century home in Denver, CO. Hmmm.

beautiful detail. Kentshire.

a fabulous tone-on-tone setting from Habite.

loved these sconces at Habite.

Erin in her vintage dress enjoying vintage books at Hayden and Fandetta.

i adored these paintings of birds painted on cigar boxes by Ed Musante that Paul Thiebaud Gallery had.

one of my absolute favorite things were these vintage wool bathing suits from the 1930s that American Garage Antiques had.  I would put these in a Pool House or a girl's bedroom who loves swimming....swoon!!

Wouldn't these mirrors be great in a Playroom Bathroom or Game Room?!

Beauvais Carpet had this stunning rug by French designer Emile Gaudissart.  It floors me how modern and graphic this piece was being that it was made in 1925.  LOVE.

dog door stoppers at Daniel Stein Antiques.

Italian baroque giltwood fauteuils, early 18th century at Therien & Company.

until next year.....!

Soundtrack: a swingy jazz combo, The Dave Brubeck Quartet....of course!


  1. looks like soooooo much fun... my gimme-gimme list is growing!!

  2. what ?! no pic of me next to the dessert table.... thanks ;)