San Francisco was at the center of the gold rush of the mid 19th century, sparked by the discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in 1848. Its population grew from around 200 citizens in 1846 to about 35,000 by 1852. Gold has had a big impact on this city, and it has also become once again the metal finish of choice for jewelry and home decór in recent years. So it was only á propos for “The Rush of Gold” to be the theme for this year’s San Francisco Fall Antiques Show at Fort Mason.
The noted New York architecture firm with offices in San Francisco, Ike Kligerman Barkley, greeted guests with a grand scale video installation layering 20’ tall screens lining the entrance to the show. Images ranged from gold fish to Champagne bubbles. Once again Michele Goss chaired the preview gala benefitting Enterprise for High School Students.
She was joined by Honorary Chair Diane Wilsey, Show Chair Adrianna Pope Sullivan and committee chairs Laura King Pfaff, Letitia and Michael Kim, Caitlin Fisher and Colby Hallan, Charlotte and Gregory Malin, Suzanne Tucker, Wheeler Griffith and Michelle C. Harris, Elisabeth Thieriot, Jenna Hunt, Kathryn Lasater, Shirley Robinson von Karl, Kendall Wilkinson, Alison Carlson, Peter Mueller, and Tony Wolfson.
Celebrating its 33rd year, the show drew 60-plus dealers from around the country and Europe, selling furnishings, art and objects in a variety of styles and wide a range of periods, each highlighting gold in their collections. The pièce de résistance was a 6.07-pound gold nugget, apparently the biggest piece found during the Gold Rush, which was valued at around $ 400,000.00 and sold the following day to a “prominent Bay Area collector”.
Among the world-class dealers were Aedicule, Epoca, Foster-Gwin, Gallery 925, Kathleen Taylor –The Lotus Collection, and Piraneseum from San Francisco, American Garage, Anne Hauck Art Deco and Richard Gould Antiques from Los Angeles, Joel Cooner Gallery from Dallas, Finnegan Gallery from Chicago, Arader Galleries, Carlton Hobbs, Kentshire, Michael Pashby Antiques and James Sansum from New York, Galen Lowe Art & Antiques from Seattle, Milord Antiques from Montreal, Canada, Janice Paull from Portmao, Portugal, Sue Brown, Jessie Davies Antiques, Stephen Kalms and Susan Ollemans Oriental Art from London, England, Il Segno del Tempo from Milan, Italy, Georg Jensen Antiques from Copenhagen, Denmark and Galerie Steinitz from Paris, France, who once again exhibited their wares in a gorgeous boiserie room.
The show’s goal continued to be educating people about art and antiques, and dealers passionately shared their extensive knowledge, while show organizers once again provided an exciting line up of lectures, an evening dedicated to young collectors and a special tour hosted by San Francisco Cottages & Gardens Editor-in-Chief Alisa Carroll and prominent interior designers.
The popular lecture series included Pamela Lerner Jaccarino, Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Interiors + Design interviewing Aerin Lauder about “living beautifully”, local design icon Paul Vincent Wiseman speaking about “mindful design and the art of storytelling” and Suzanne Tucker moderating a conversation between design powerhouses Robert Couturier and Charlotte Moss.
Attending the always crowd-pleasing opening night gala were Lord David Cholmondeley, collectors Phoebe Cowles, Norah and Norman Stone, Denise Hale, Yurie and Carl Pascarella, Frank Caufield, Scott Heldfond, Pamela and Ted Deikel, Adrianna Pope Sullivan and Bob Sullivan, Therese Post, Letitia and Michael Kim, OJ and Gary Shansby, Trevor Traina, Tatiana Sorokko, Bonham’s Chairman Laura King Pfaff, the multi-talented Jennifer Raiser who just recently published her first book the gorgeous “Burning Man: Art on Fire”, figure skater Kimberlee Hyp, as well as top realtors Marlene Giddings, Max Armour and Joel Goodrich.
Also among the golden crowd were Samantha DuVall and Darren Bechtel with his mom Susan Bechtel, Sobia and Nadir Shaikh, Melissa and Patrick Barber, Jennifer Biederbeck, Allison Speer, Claudia Castillo Ross, Kathryn Lasater, Pasha and Laney Thornton, Theo Schwabacher, Stephanie and Jim Marver, Kathryn Lasater, Summer Tompkins Walker, Christina Getty and Ricky Serbin.
The event not be missed by the artistic set drew architects Andrew Skurman who staged the entry hall of the show for the past few years until passing the torch to John Ike and Thomas Kligerman who flew in from New York, Stephen Sutro and Mitchell Benjamin, design icons Charlotte Moss and Robert Coutourier along with local interior designers Suzanne Tucker, Pamela Babey, Douglas Durkin, Jay Jeffers, Ken Fulk, Will Wick, Brenda Mickel, Kathy Geissler Best, Kelly Kaiser, Jamie Belew, Matthew MacCaul Turner, Benjamin Dhong, Jonathan Rachman and Ian Stallings, artists Shirley Robinson, Katherine Jacobus and Victoria Miller.
From rustic and ornate pieces dating back hundreds of years to 20th century and contemporary furnishings and art, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show once again was a testament to collectors not living in museums, but rather creating timeless environments by mixing different periods and styles that live side by side harmoniously.
Photography: DREW ALTIZER; Antiques and Art by CLAUDIA JUESTEL.