The highly anticipated San Francisco Fall Antiques Show will run October 25-28 at Fort Mason. (I’ll be attending this year… can’t wait!) The show features approximately seventy dealers from across the United States and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints and photographs.
The theme of this year’s show, Sea Worthy, is inspired by the iconic Americas Cup, which will be hosted in San Francisco in October 2013. The show‘s six-part lecture series, Romance of the Sea, will feature decorative and fine arts relating to the ocean, boating and travel. The lecture series will explore a range of treasures with renowned experts in their fields, including:
Thursday, October 25th at 11:00 am
An Auction Adventure on the High Seas, Gary Metzner, Senior Vice President and Fine Art Director, Sotheby’s, Chicago
The long history of art and the sea encompasses nautical- and travel-themed works that expand beyond well-known marine paintings. From the Dutch Golden Age of maritime painting through the Romantic period and Impressionism until the present day, artists as diverse as Gustave Courbet and Roy Lichtenstein have depicted great sailing vessels, enthralling boat races, and grand seascapes. Come join Sotheby’s expert Gary Metzner for a high seas adventure of discovery as he recounts the stories behind these treasures!
Friday, October 26th at 2:30 pm
Celebrating Great Rooms: 300 Years of Changing Interiors, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Interior Designer and Author, England
A noted authority on period homes and historical styles, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill will speak about architectural elements, layouts, and design of interiors, from medieval times to present day. She will trace industrial and social advances that have led to the evolution of room function and décor. Her presentation will feature a stunning selection of illustrations from her new book, The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve (Rizzoli, 2012), among them Blenheim, her family’s estate in England; Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island, where her great-grandmother Consuelo Vanderbilt spent much of her childhood; and homes she has worked on as a designer. Book-signing reception to follow.
Saturday, October 27th at 2:30 pm
Panel Discussion: Icons of San Francisco Architecture and Design, Featuring Ann Getty, Interior Designer, and Andrew Skurman, Architect, San Francisco and moderated by Suzanne Tucker, Interior Designer and Designers Circle Chair
In celebration of each of their first monographs – Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012) and Ann Getty: Interior Style (written by Diane Dorrans Saeks, Rizzoli, 2012) – acclaimed architect Andrew Skurman and influential interior designer Ann Getty will share images and ideas from their iconic work in the Bay Area and beyond. Skurman will illustrate how classical architecture has inspired his residential designs and detail how he has adapted French chateaux, Mediterranean villas, and Georgian country houses to suit contemporary lifestyles. Focusing on her interior design philosophy, Getty, in conversation with Maria Quiros, Senior Designer at Ann Getty & Associates, will discuss how she mixes and merges different periods, styles, and cultures to create a sumptuous environment and illuminate how to live both elegantly and comfortably with art and antiques. Skurman, Getty and, Saeks will be signing books following the program.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.sffas.org.