30th San Francisco Fall Antiques Show reveals hidden treasures

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, today through Sunday at Fort Mason Center, marks its third decade with the theme “hidden treasures,” inspired by the traditional 30th anniversary gift: the pearl.

Lisa Podos, show organizer for the past several years, says, “Hidden treasures have an element of surprise, such as trompe l’oeil, or architect Andy Skurman’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ installation at the show’s entrance — where the size and perspective of the architectural element is whimsically blown up.”

Featuring antiques, jewelry and collectibles on view and for sale from more than 60 top-flight dealers from seven countries, the show also includes a lecture series. Touching on historic and contemporary topics — such as Sotheby’s recent record-breaking sale of Chinese ceramics from the Ming and Qing dynasties for more than $120 million — experts will talk about why certain periods are “hot” and address the question, “What makes an object a treasure?”

At 11 a.m. today, author Ruth Peltason presents “Born to be Beautiful: Pearls and the Celebrated Women Who Wore Them,” focusing on signature pieces worn by Grace Kelly, Babe Paley, Florence Gould, the Duchess of Windsor, Elizabeth Taylor and others.

At 2:30 p.m. Friday, in a session called “U.S. vs. Art Thieves: Tales From the FBI’s Real Indiana Jones,” former special agent Robert Whitman recounts record heists and dramatic recoveries of priceless art, including paintings by Rembrandt, Monet and Picasso.

An associated special exhibit of treasures loaned from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, curated by Maria Santangelo and Holland Lynch of the museums, showcases antiques and art that have “something to hide.”

Iconic items from the Gettys and other private collectors also are on loan to the show.

Among the renowned exhibitors participating are New York City-based Carlton Hobbs, Russian and London purveyor Antoine Cheneviere Fine Arts Ltd., Los Angeles’ Therian and San Francisco newcomer Matt Murphy.

With longtime support from Bonhams and Butterfields chairwoman Laura King Pfaff, iconic designer Suzanne Tucker (whom Podos calls “the patron saint of the show”) and esteemed designer Ken Fulk, the show continues to be a major event in The City, at the same time benefiting Enterprise for High School Students — a nonprofit dedicated to helping local teens discover career opportunities and learn skills and values essential to workplace success.


San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco

When: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: $15

Contact: (415) 989-9019, www.sffas.org

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