Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Best of Nautical Art and Antiques

Riding the waves of the America’s Cup races coming to the San Francisco Bay, The 2012 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show offers a look at decorative and fine arts relating to the sea, boating, and travel.  Oceans cover seventy percent of the earth’s surface and, not surprisingly, for all of human history we have had an enduring fascination and highly emotional relationship with the water that surrounds us.  Spanning Antiquity to the present day, artists have attempted to capture the myriad, and often conflicting, feelings that form our unfathomable bond with the deep sea.

From talismanic ship figureheads to useful scientific instruments, evocative Impressionist seascapes to stunning coral jewelry, romantic “shipwreck” porcelain to intricately carved pieces of scrimshaw- there is no end to the list of objects that are inspired by the sea.  Finely detailed models depict magnificent shipping vessels and elegant yachts; majestic silver trophies celebrate maritime accomplishments; and evocative shell- work table decoration bring some of the sea’s natural abundance into our living rooms.  Tools made for practical use at sea, such as fishing anchors and yachting flags, attract us with their strong visual presence.   The world of nautical art and antiques offer treasures for every type of collector, and here we present an array of delights to enjoy.

Thank you to Holland Lynch, Curator.

“Once again, this year, very generous private collectors, institutions and dealers have let us borrow some truly wonderful pieces for the loan exhibition. We are able to share a really wide range of nautical antiques and get people excited about this fun and inspiring theme.”

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