Ship Ahoi at the 2012 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
“All Night Long He Sailed Upon It” by Ron Pippin at Obsolete

The pride of bringing the America’s Cup to San Francisco inspired this year’s theme for the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason.

Andrew Skurman’s giant waves, in the style of early 19th century Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai, framed the entry pavilion, which showcased the special exhibit “Sea Worthy: The Best of Nautical Art and Antiques,” curated by Holland Lynch of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Models dressed in blue and white gowns designed by Karen Caldwell showed off stunning diamond jewelry by Graff. And the giant gleaming 33-pound sterling America’s Cup trophy expressed the city’s honor of hosting the prestigious race.

A nautical theme was represented throughout the show as well, with various antiques and works of art inspired by aquatic and maritime themes. Obsolete’s installation of 120 ships on scaffolding, created by artist Ron Pippin over a period of five years, was sold as one single piece of art for $250,000.

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Michelle Goss, Adrianna Pope Sullivan Jonny and Malia Moseley

The America’s Cup – Karen Caldwell and Andrew Skurman

Foster Gwyn
A 1950s painting by Roy De Forest and 17th century Italian cabinet at Foster Gwyn

Yurie Pascarella and Carl Pascarella – Dede Wilsey and Trevor Traina

“Ideas and Studies for Open Hearth Furnace” by Graham Sutherland O.M. and “Rock-Face (Pink, White & Blue) by John Piper C.H. at Lucy Johnson
Galerie Steinitz

The show drew 60 dealers from around the United and Europe to exhibit some of the best and rarest of antiques, art and artifacts available. They also strongly reflected how most collectors live today by mixing very ornate, formal and traditional, as well as rustic antiques, with sleek modern and contemporary furnishings and art.

The purveyors this year included Therien & Co., Foster-Gwin, Epoca, and Xanadu Gallery from San Francisco, American Garage and Habite from Los Angeles, R.M. Barokh Antiques from Beverly Hills, Joel Cooner Gallery from Dallas, Finnegan Gallery from Chicago, Arader Galleries, Beauvais Carpets, Carlton Hobbs, Nicholas Brawer Gallery and Kentshire from New York, Janice Paull from Portmao, Portugal, Lucy Johnson and Susan Ollemans Oriental Art from London, England, Danish Silver from Copenhagen, Denmark and Galerie Steinitz from Paris, France who always anchors the very back of the show with an exquisite boiserie room.


From Therien & Co, 18th century Italianate Regence Fauteuils, Italian Baroque giltwood mirror, red sheet metal prototype table by Alfred Burzler and Thomas Exner for Copa, Austria and a Roman limestone fragment Therien & Co

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Jennifer Biederbeck, Maria dela Pezuela, Paul Weaver and Carrie Zaldastani
J R Richards
Contemporary Chinese art and antique Asian pottery and sculpture at J. R. Richards
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
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Indian period jewelry at Suzan Ollemans
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Dagmar Dolby and Ray Dolby
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Kathryn Lasater, Alison Pincus, Dr. Carolyn Chang, Allison Speer, Carol Bonnie
Weathered antiques and contemporary art at Obsolete
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Jenna Hunt, Mary Shimmon, Suzanne Levit
Yew Tree House
A contemporary painting above a collection of 1960s – 1970s Mdina glass vessels from Malta at Yew Tree House Antiques
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Michelle Curtis Harris, Antonia Cohen, Michael Cohen, Wheeler Griffith
Kathleen Taylor
A collection of hand-woven and resist-dyed indigo textiles from the Dogon and Bambara people of Mali at Kathleen Taylor – The Lotus Collection
Mallett Crab
Contemporary sterling silver crab by Hamish Mackie at Mallett

Michele Goss and Adrianna Pope Sullivan chaired the preview gala benefitting Enterprise for Highschool Students, and Malia Moseley and her husband, Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Moseley served as Honorary Chairs.

Among the guests who came out for one of the Fall’s favorite social events were seasoned collectors Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Lucy Jewett, Dagmar and Ray Dolby, John Bergruen, Dorothy and Kenneth Paige, Helen Hilton Raiser, Dede Wilsey, Sally Debenham, Therese Post, Adrianna Pope Sullivan and Bob Sullivan, Pamela, and Ted Deikel, OJ and Gary Shansby, and young aficionados Alison Pincus, Trevor Traina, Christopher Bently, Jenna Hunt, Darren Bechtel and Samantha DuVall.

There were joined by Karen and Oliver Caldwell, Sobia and Nadir Shaikh, Wendy and Charlie Bolton, Theo Schwabacher, Melissa and Patrick Barber, Jennifer Biederbeck, Tatiana Sorokko, Letitia and Michael Kim, Holly Baxter, Marybeth and Rich LaMotte, Jennifer Raiser, Olivia Hsu Decker, Joel Goodrich, Ricky Serbin, Lisa and John Grotts, Lily Samii, Allison Speer, Azadeh Riaz, Andra and Dietrich von Behren, Claudia Ross, Kathryn Lasater, and Elisabeth Laurence.

Design and architecture journalist Wendy Moonan and design author Emily Eerdmans flew in from New York. Film icon Diane Keaton and interior and furniture designer Madeline Stuart came in from Los Angeles for the occasion. Diane was signing books the next day, and everyone was raving about how wonderful she was.

R. M. Barokh

Architectural cabinet ebony and gilt bronze cabinet inlaid with lapis lazuli, onyx, red porphyry, agates and other semi-precious stones by Viennese cabinet maker Franz Kroger for Emperor Franz Joseph I, ca. 1850, at R.M. Barokh Antiques.

Ken Fulk, Diane Keaton and Ray Azoulay – Benjamin Mitchell and Ricky Serbin


Pamela Deikel and Ted Deikel – Joel Goodrich and Claudia Juestel

Early 20th century “Chi-wara” by the Bamana people of Mali at Joel Cooner Gallery

Samantha DuVall and Darren Bechtel – Merla Zellerbach and Helen Hilton Raiser

Suzanne Levit and Mary Beth Shimmon – Wendy and Charlie Bolton

Nicholas Brawer
Mirror made from Rolls Royce Spey MK 101 engine fan blades and Japanese Naval binoculars at Nicholas Brawer Gallery

Letitia and Michael Kim – Erin Ross and Claudia Ross

Sobia and Nadir Shaikh – Azadeh Riaz and Ladan Mozafar

Galen Lowe
A 20th century Japanese screen covered in postage stamps at Galen Lowe Art & Antiques

Merrill Randol and Heide Betz – Paul Weaver and Tatiana Sorokko

Karen Caldwell and Oliver Caldwell – Ken Fulk, Jay Jeffers, Michael Purdy

Il Segno del Tempo
Industrial lamps and furniture and Wunderkammer objects at Il Segno del Tempo

Also the architecture and interior design community was in high attendance with John Ike, in from New York, and fellow architects Lewis Butler, Stephen Sutro, and Maurice Lombardo, landscape architects Stephen Suzman and Tod Cole, as well as interior designers Suzanne Tucker, Douglas Durkin, Barbara Scavullo, Jay Jeffers, Ken Fulk, Myra Hoefer, Matthew MacCaul Turner, Antonio Martins, George Brazil, Laurie Ghielmetti, Cecilia Sagrera, Candace Barnes, Maria Quiros, Tineke Triggs, Kathleen Navarra, Kathy Geissler Best, and Benjamin Dhong.

Yew Tree House
A late 19th century German carousel leaping stag at Yew Tree House Antiques

Olivia Hsu Decker and Emily Eerdmans – Pat and Susie McBaine

Suzanne Tucker and O.J. Shansby – Eche Martinez and Kathleen Navarra

Sullivan Goss

Contemporary ceramics by James Haggerty below “Tic, Tac, Toe” a contemporary painting by Martha Mayer Erlebacher at Sullivan Goss

Teresa Rodriguez and Maria Quiros – Amy Millman and Robert Atkinson

Carol Bonnie and Kathryn Lasater – Adrianna Pope Sullivan, Elisabeth Laurence

A collection of Ethiopian Dorze caps, Talavera pottery, Mexican horse bridles, Guatamalan Torit masks and an early Spanish credenza at Colonial Arts

Jonny Moseley and Malia Moseley – Brenda Mickel and Ned Mobley

Rich and Marybeth LaMotte – Emilie Munroe, Jay Jeffers and Kelly Hohla

Some of the presentations at the lecture series concentrated on the “Romance of the Sea” and featured Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design at the Phoenix Museum of Art, who shared stories about the fashions of and around the sea over the centuries. Marianna Lamonaca, Special Exhibitions Curator at The Bard Graduate Center in New York, presented the high style of the luxury transatlantic ocean liners of the 1920s and 1930s.

The other lectures covered architecture and design in a more general fashion. Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill traced 300 years in interiors, author and editor Jeffrey Simpson gave us insight into the life and design of Rose Cummings, and noted interior designer Suzanne Tucker moderated a panel discussion with Andrew Skurman and Ann Getty about designing with antiques and art.


A rosewood parquetry and bronze buffet by Paolo Buffa, a contemporary abstract painting by Paul Maxwell, a late 19th century French gilt bronze warrior figure and a French 18th century Palisander wood coffer box at Habite.

Mallett Chenets
Pair of Louis XV ormolu chenets cast as a trophy of Turkish arms at Mallett
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Rich Hanif, Elba McIntosh and Mira Veda
Janice Zakin, Lily Samii, Betsy Linder
Janice Zakin, Lily Samii, Betsy Linder
Obsolete Cow
Mechanical cow from the 1920-1930s at Obsolete
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
Lewis Sykes and Ray Azoulay
“Carina” marble dining table by Klauser and Carpenter for Meta at Mallett

An elegant gala, exquisite antiques and art, wonderful learning opportunities for anyone who appreciates the finest, and money raised to provide opportunities for teenagers, once again the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show was a great success!

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show