The Fall San Francisco Antique Show! What Fun!
It is in the lovely location of historic Fort Mason on the bay looking across at the Peninsula and Alcatraz Island!
It is in this big building which is like a warehouse;but great effort is made to make the interiors dramatic and feel unlike a warehouse!
My husband Adam Bianchi was getting our tickets at the entrance
This gorgeous table was part of a trompe l’oeil exhibit! There is a reflection on the glass; but it is so exquisite!
Some really interesting shoes!!! I’m finding those leopard with the red heels if it kills me!
an interesting statue!
I love the simple flower arrangements that looked like they were just gathered in the garden!
a truly gorgeous screen! I wonder what the back is like!
I love the tapestry, the vargueno but most of all I adored this guy:
I think he is smoking opium!
this is my friend for many years; the lovely and so knowledgable and nice Christianne Engs! We only had one photo; so my eyes are closed! Oh well! She has exquisite taste and exquisite things! Her store is on La Cienega in Los Angeles. Engs-Dimitri Works of Art.
I loved this painting!
and this bust and beautiful mirror!
This was a wonderful European painting! OOPS! (The Devoted Classicist has correctly called this an antique hand -blocked wallpaper fragment! The shine fooled me! It must have been lacquered!)
I was so busy seeing people and “visiting; I really had a hard time focussing!
These lead eagles look really familiar!
and I love these appliqués over the marquetry chests!
These garden gnomes remind me of Lotusland! Such character !
I’d like him peeking out from behind the bushes! My dogs would bark for days!
Oh my gosh! My favorite uber-decorator and neighbor and dear friend Bruce Gregga!!! and his wonderful partner and shop partner William Laman! (everyone’s favorite shop in Montecito for everything you want desperately, and “don’t need”!) Anyone could buy anything in that store; as a gift to me, and could not go wrong! And everything changes all the time! (Someone gave me twenty-five years of Architectural Digests. I swear, Bruce Gregga was in 99% of them!! ) He is “THE Decorator”!
My handsome husband Adam and the business side of our business on the left; and a wonderful old friend Owen Harper on the right. How cute are they???
Adam grew up in San Francisco; so it was “old home week” for him and he had a wonderful time! He saw so many of his old friends! Even a few who went to Choate with him he hadn’t seen for over 50 years! (Thank goodness he had so much fun! I want to go back every year!)
I loved the shoe sign on the left (from a shoe store) and the framed old bathing suits I thought were totally charming!
This was my favorite booth……I have such a love affair with china and porcelain. My very favorite thing in the whole show is in this cabinet! I love it so much I am going to do a whole post on it! The dealer said in his opinion; it was the most unusual and wonderful thing in the whole show! and complimented me on my “eye”! Can you guess? (the picture is terrible because of the glass case; but he sent me exquisite pictures and close ups which I will share. It is fascinating to me…and the one thing I hated leaving there!
here it is in a close up……still in the glass case and me at the camera! Be still my heart! <
I love every single one of these completely lovely and impractical things. I actually own an almost identical rectangular papier mache and abalone shell box.
Yes, Im afraid I would buy them all!
Gorgeous porcelain. so unusual!
this boiserie with inset oil paintings took my breath away! We had some very similar to this in our house in Pasadena! Brought over in the early 50’s by the lovely and talented Francophile who built our house there in 1956! She built an exquisite “pavilion ” a copy of an 18th century one outside of Paris; when everyone else was building “tract houses”!
I will write a whole post about that house! It was a wonder!
more of the boisierie in the mirror…..with the lovely console and bust.
Lovely things all around!
There is the shoe again and the bathing suits!
the food was absolutely amazing! Seafood especially! Oysters, caviar, fresh crab and shrimp! A feast!
I love these antique canes……and I think those are andirons! some people make exquisite and charming umbrellas out of antique cane handles!
There was a pair of these urn appliqués. I didn’t want to leave those there, either!
But absolutely the HIGHLIGHT!!!
WERE THE BLOGGERS!!!
SOME OF MY FAVORITE BLOGGERS IN THE FLESH!
Diane Saeks took this picture of us!
I couldn’t believe I was meeting Scot of “the adventures of tartanscot”, “The Peak of Chic!!” , and Emily Evans Erdmans! Oh wow!
Beautiful, handsome, fun and erudite! Talented beyond ! and such wonderful company! And thank you Diane, for taking our picture!
We had such a “whee of a time!”