Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Brooks Brothers, a presenting sponsor of the 32nd Annual Fall Antiques Show hosted a fabulous and fashionable launch event for all patrons of the show: Connoisseurs, Collections, Aficionados, Enthusiasts, Young Collectors and The Collective. Over 400 guests attended at the beautiful and spacious new store in Union Square. Signature drinks and wonderful hors d'oeuvres were passed throughout the top floors of the store, as guests mingled through the dapper suits and gorgeous dresses in the ladies and mens departments. Cigar rolling and Scotch tasting were big hit with guests. As the clothing company that dressed the jazz age, Brooks Brothers could not be a more perfect fit for the show's Jazz Moderne theme this year.
Posted by Grant K. Gibson at 2:29 PM
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Cocktails at Cavalier by Jay Jeffers
For Members of The Collective and Designers Circle
September 10, 2013
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show kicked off with an exclusive party for The Collective and Designers Circle members, hosted by Cavalier by Jay Jeffers, the San Francisco shop for seekers of all that is uncommon and collected. The party brought together San Francisco collectors and designers who are supporters of the show, as well as board members from Enterprise for High School Students, the show beneficiary for warm evening of wine donated by Laurier Vineyards, cocktails and a beautiful spread of hors d’oeuvres.
Patrick Barber, FAS Creative Director, Andrew Skurman, FAS Committee Member & Party Host, Jay Jeffers, Melissa Barber
FAS Show Chair, Michele Goss, Phoebe Cowles
Lecture Series Chair, Katherine Jacobus enjoying a glass of wine from sponsor, Laurier Vineyards
Young Collectors Co-Chair, Colby Hallen, Dr. Jim Connor
Jay Jeffers, Enterprise for High School Students Board President, Peter Mueller
Dara Rosenfeld, Designers Circle Chair, Suzanne Tucker, and Kevin Peters
Enterprise for High School Students Board Members, Victoria Penfield, Dr. Edward Diao
Connoisseurs Circle Chair Lucy Louise Lewis and Kevin Monaghan
Ted DiStefano, Ty Humpert and EHSS Executive Director, Tony DiStefano
Posted by Grant K. Gibson at 9:13 AM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
This year, the Jackson Square Walkabout was held on June 19th for the Enthusiasts and Young Collectors. It was a great evening touring seven beautiful locations.
This years Enthusiasts chairs are Michelle C. Harris and Wheeler S. Griffin and Young Collectors chairs are Colby Hallen, Caitlin Fisher and Victoria Stenmark.
Thanks to Arader Galleries for hosting the post wine-reception.
Posted by Grant K. Gibson at 7:47 PM
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Thank you to Emily Evans Eerdmans for her blogging on the show.
If you don't know her blog make sure to check it out!
Sure, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is the West Coast's premiere and oldest, continuously running antiques fair. However it's the opening preview party which is hands down the swellest in this country and beyond...
... from the hallowed caviar and lamb chop stations to the glittery scions and starlets of SF society gracing the aisles. This year's theme was "Seaworthy"...
... and architect Andrew Skurman designed the monumental waves based on the Great Wave by Japanese artist Hotusai that greet one on arrival. (Skurman, a devoted classicist, has just published his first monograph. I guarantee the cover will make you need to purchase the book. )
The William Racke Studio realized Skurman's design here. They and many others donated their services so that as much money as possible would go to the benefitting charity Enterprise for High School Students, which prepares and trains students for employment and higher education. In celebration of the America Cup which the city is hosting in 2013, the fair showcased all things nautical.
This vitrine of specially loaned objects includes a pair of mid 17th century Sicilian shellwork "Fantastic Gardens" from Ann Getty's collection, precursors of Tony Duquette whimsy.
Obsolete, a Venice, CA gallery, showed an installation by artist Ron Pippin of 120 ships. A mechanical cow sculpture with disturbing tail was also on view in their stand.
I attended the opening with my good friend Deb Hatch, on the right in a Giants scheme of orange and black. She also was paying homage to Swan Babe Paley with a Giants kerchief tied around her evening bag. On the left is dynamo Lisa Podos, the director/maestro of the show.
As the evening was the kickoff of the world series and San Francisco is full of rabid Giants fans, Lisa and her team were clever and set up a viewing area complete with hot dogs and pretzels.
Deb's pick of the show was the Renaissance poesy rings at medievalistLes Enluminares.
The simple bands of gold are engraved with charming inscriptions such as "Youres I am" and "De Boen Coeur" on the interior.
Santa Barbara dealer Sullivan Goss showed some striking California tonalist oils and
it's always a pleasure to see the textile treasures of Kathleen Taylor and the Lotus Collection.
Steinitz of Paris had one of the most spectacular stands, taking an early 18th century Kentian paneled room as its surround.
It's all in the details and so even if I won't be taking this fabulous marquetry Mexican cabinet home with me, I can certainly replicate this striking arrangement of succulents in its interior.
In addition to wonderful things, there were also wonderful people galore...
including my jewelry advisor and mentor Suzanna Allen above and
Olivia Hsu Decker, power realtor, whose stunning vintage Dior jacket was the European cousin to my antique Moroccan caftan.
Mark your calendars for 2013 - I'll meet you at the chocolate covered strawberries!
Posted by Grant K. Gibson at 9:05 PM