FLOWER POWER: San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Runs With Floral Imagery Theme in Ode to Summer of Love

  • SAN FRANCISCO, California
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  • October 15, 2017

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Jordan Schnitzer and Robert Flynn Johnson at the 2016 Preview Gala of the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show.

The 2017 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show will take place Thursday, October 26 through Sunday, October 29 at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s Festival Pavilion. The always fabulous Opening Night Preview Gala, benefitting Enterprise for Youth will open the Show on October 25.

With a hometown nod to the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s historic Summer of Love, the 2017 show theme is FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. The inspiration springs from the beauty and romance of blooms and blossoms, and their iconography throughout the ages. Floral imagery has long been part of a rich visual symbolism in art - textiles, furniture, paintings, works on paper, jewelry, ceramics, objets d’art have involved flowers and botanicals on some level, be it mythological, religious or romantic. From Watteau to Warhol, Flower Power is fertile ground for cultivating a uniquely curated assortment of art and antiques that will appeal to a wide audience, from the contemporary collector to the antiquities aficionado.

A ribbed gold and diamond cocktail ring in the form of a stylized flower with a diamond cluster center, in 18K gold and platinum. Van Cleef & Arpels, France. Courtesy of Kentshire.

The 36th edition of the Show will feature fifty dealers from around the world, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental and Asian furniture and decorative objects, paintings, prints, photographs, books, gold, silver and precious metals, jewelry, rugs, textiles and ceramics. Dealers are invited to bring pieces from antiquity to present day. The Show also features a popular Lecture Series, Cocktail Hour Talks and other programming.

ENTERPRISE FOR YOUTH As always, 100% of net proceeds benefit Enterprise for Youth (http://www.ehss.org/), the San Francisco nonprofit that has, since 1969, prepared and empowered a diverse group of Bay Area youth to pursue life after school with passion and purpose. Enterprise offers students everything they need to get and keep their first job, including intensive workshops, pragmatic skills and career exploration training, a network of advisors and peers, a broad database of paid internships, and college and career counseling.

DESIGNER VIGNETTES The Grand Entry Hall will feature four Designer Vignettes created by prominent designers and members of our Designer Circle, each incorporating pieces borrowed from exhibitors on the Show floor as well as a custom designed wall covering exclusively developed in collaboration with de Gournay (http://www.degournay.com/) and the designers. The 2017 Vignette Designers: Pamela Babey/BAMO (http://www.bamo.com/)\ Jay Jeffers (http://jayjeffers.com/) Edward Lobrano (http://www.edwardlobrano.com/) Kendall Wilkinson (http://kendallwilkinson.com/)

Oil-on-canvas painting “Zawiya” by David Sorensen, signed and dated ’87-’88. Courtesy of Antonios Bella Casa.

COMMITTEE & CHAIRS: Show Chair: Suzanne Tucker Honorary Chair: Andrew Gn (http://www.andrewgn.com/) Preview Gala Committee: Ken Fulk, Laura King Pfaff, Allison Speer & Frederic Hutchins Moll, OJ & Gary Shansby, Alexis & Trevor Traina and Diane B. Wilsey Show Director: Ariane Trimuschat Presenting sponsors: Geo Ex and Sotheby’s International Realty

TICKETS: On sale now for the Preview Gala and Show days at http://www.sffas.org/

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