San Francisco Antiques Show gets America’s Cup fever

Courtesy PhotoShip to shore: A sterling silver miniature yacht is among works offered by Nicholas Brawer Gallery

This year, the prestigious San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is upping its game with a strong sizzle factor.

The America’s Cup, the actual 4-foot-tall, 33-pound sterling-silver trophy on display at the show’s preview party on Wednesday, emphasizes the nautical theme of the event, which runs today through Sunday at Fort Mason Center.

Subtitled “Sea Worthy: The Best of Nautical Art and Antiques,” the design showcase features offerings from 65 leading galleries from the U.S. and Europe, and cool 20th-century items as well as antique jewelry,  furniture and decorative art objects.

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“Everything really aligned with the nautical theme,” says Lisa Podos, the event’s strategic and creative director.

“Given the passion around the Bay Area for sailing, it’s been ‘all hands on deck’ as the show has collaborated with other local cultural organizations to offer programs throughout the year leading up to what promised to be an especially exciting event.”

Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Moseley is this year’s honorary chairman; he and his wife, Malia, are avid sailors.

At the entrance, visitors walk through architect Andrew Skurman’s dramatic installation — three sets of overarching “waves.” And   Ron Pippin’s armada of 120 model ships — lit internally and set on scaffolding — takes maritime to a whole new level.

Seashell jewelry designs from historic brass telescopes and treasures discovered at shipwreck sites, impressionist boating paintings and art deco silver used on luxury liners are among other themed offerings.

A lecture series includes Dennita Sewell, curator of fashion design at the Phoenix Art Museum, speaking on the influence of the sea on fashion (Chanel) and jewelry (Seaman Schepps) at 11 a.m. Friday.

A new exhibitor this year is New York-based Nicholas Brawer Gallery, showcasing  industrial antiques, while audience favorites Mallett from London; Obsolete from Venice, Calif.; Kentshire from New York; and Steinitz from Paris are returning exhibitors.  

Established in 1981, the San Francisco Antiques Show is a fundraiser for Enterprise for High School Students, a nonprofit referral and career development agency for local teens.

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