Fashion Designer Derek Lam to host the San Francisco Fall Antique Show

Paris Porcelain Perfume Bottle in the Chinoiserie Manner, circa 1825.  Photography by Douglas Sandbert.
The 29th San Francisco Fall Antiques Show Benefiting Enterprise for High School Students will be held October 28–31, 2010, at the Festival Pavilion of Fort Mason Center. Over 60 carefully-vetted new and returning dealers will present a superb array of thousands of best-in-class decorative and fine art objects.  Evoking this year’s theme, Chinoiserie: Rococo to Eco, guests will be greeted by a dramatic, two-story, gilded pagoda entrance created by acclaimed architect Andrew Skurman.
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is the oldest and most prestigious international antiques fair on the West Coast. Each year, the Show features an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs.  Returning exhibitors include Kevin Conru from Brussels, Kentshire from New York, and Steinitz from Paris; among the new exhibitors are Michael Goedhuis from London, Hostler Burrows from New York, and Hackett|Mill from San Francisco. 
Rare antique Japanese painting from shoheiga in sumi and colors on gold leaf applied paper.  Japan, late 17th Century.
“Over the last three decades, The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show has emerged as one of the most prestigious art and antiques fairs in the United States,” said Lisa Podos, Executive Director of the Show. “With our spectacular exhibitors, sponsors, chairs, and lecturers, as well as our exciting Chinoiserie theme, this year’s Show will no doubt continue that tradition.” 
On Wednesday, October 27, the fair kicks off with a glittering opening night Preview Party, with all proceeds going to Enterprise for High School Students.  This year’s gala benefit will be hosted by internationally renowned fashion designer Derek Lam.
“I am delighted to be Honorary Chair of this event which joins my support of the arts and my love for design while benefitting such a wonderful organization,” said Derek Lam.  “As a native San Franciscan, I am inspired by Enterprise for High School Students’ mission of empowering teens to invest in their future and pursue their goals from a young age.” 
Iron Figural Choppers, French, 19th Century.
Honorary Preview Party Chair Derek Lam and Show Chair Michele Goss are joined by committee chairs including Rosemary Baker, Peter Getty, Jenna and Bryan Hunt, Letitia and Michael Kim, Laura King Pfaff, Alison Gelb Pincus, Cathy and Mike Podell, Mary and Bill Poland, John Traina, and Suzanne Tucker. McCalls Catering and Events will, again, provide the sumptuous fare, and Korbel California Champagne, Blackbird Vineyards wine, and Blue Angel Vodka will be poured.
Maria Santangelo of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and historian Holland Lynch co- curate the special exhibition, which showcases furnishings, porcelain, lacquer, and fine arts presenting imaginative Western interpretations of Chinese artistic influences. The pieces in this display are on loan from the collections of Ann Getty, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and others.   Of particular note is a rare 1750s “Badminton Table” from the famous Chinese Bedroom at Badminton House in England, now in a private home in San Francisco. 
Pair of Chinese figures, China, 17th Century.  Lacquered wood, chased and gilded bronze.
To complement the exhibition and offer thematic context for the objects on view, a series of lectures will address the enduring fashion of Chinoiserie. Presenting art world luminaries include: Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, Member of the British Royal Family, Author, Lecturer, and Interior Designer, London, and David Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton.  Saturday will be devoted to interior design, and feature two West Coast book launches, with Bunny Williams speaking about her latest publication.
The Show was established in 1981 as the major fundraising event for event for Enterprise for High School Students, a non-profit job referral and career development agency for San Francisco high school students.  All proceeds from general admission, Preview Party tickets, and catalogue advertising sales directly support Enterprise programs; however, Enterprise receives no part of the dealer sales.  An Enterprise’s principal fundraiser, The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is proud to contribute to the agency’s success..
The Show is strictly vetted in cooperation with the Antiques Dealers Association of California (ADAC).  The Vetting Committee is chaired by respected San Francisco dealer Peter Fairbanks.  A committee of experts examines all goods for sale to ensure authenticity, quality and accuracy of labeling, assuring collectors that they can purchase with confidence.
Praires au bord de l’leau, by Jean Baptiste-Camille Corot. Circa 1870.
The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show is one of the top events of its kind in the world, drawing the highest quality dealers internationally and hosting a special range of events at the beautiful Festival Pavilion of the National Historic Landmark Fort Mason Center.  This is an event not to be missed by collectors and art and design enthusiasts.
For more information on the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show and details on how to purchase tickets, visit their website at
1. Thursday, October 28, 11:00 a.m.
From the Courts of Europe to the China Cabinets of California:
400 Years of Chinoiserie and Japonisme in European Ceramics
Christina Prescott Walker, Senior Vice President, Department Director, Chinese Works of Art and Head of European Ceramics and Chinese Export Porcelain, Sotheby’s, New York
Chinese and Japanese decorative arts, which came to Europe starting in the 17th century via the East India trading companies, had a profound effect on European decorative arts, and in particular on ceramics as manufacturers sought to emulate and imitate porcelain.  Walker will trace the assimilation and interpretation of Chinese motifs, exemplified by the humble and ubiquitous Staffordshire blue-and-white pottery Willow Pattern along with interesting recent examples of Chinoiserie.

2. Thursday, October 28, 2:30 p.m.
ChinaQuake: China and World Fashion Today
John S. Major, Former Professor at Dartmouth College, Scholar, and Author, New York
Chinese fabrics and styles have inspired Western fashion designers throughout the 20th century, for example Paul Poiret and Yves Saint Laurent. After illustrating such creations, Major, co-author of China Chic: East Meets West (Yale University Press, 1999), will consider the impact of China’s influence today: how contemporary Chinese-American designers such as Derek Lam, Anna Sui, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu have enlivened the fashion scene; China as the leading manufacturer of clothing, and the future of Chinese fashion.
3. Friday, October 29, 11:00 a.m.
Chinoiserie at Court: The Influence of China in the Arts of 18th-Century Europe
Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, Member of the British Royal Family,
Author, Lecturer, and Interior Designer, London
China became not only an inspiration but an obsession in a number of European courts in the mid 1700s. Princess Michael, author of several books about European royal history, most recently The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King (Simon and Schuster, 2005), will show the effects of this influence in the arts and highlight the key personalities, such as Catherine the Great and Marie-Antoinette, who promoted the current taste for Chinoiserie.
4. Friday, October 29, 2:30 p.m.
“Mandarin only is the Man of Taste”: Chinoiserie in Britain, 1650–1820
David Beevers, Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Chinoiserie in Britain was at its height in the late 17th and mid-18th centuries, with a magnificent flourish in the early 19th century as exemplified by the dazzling interiors of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. Bringing to life the fantastical decorative schemes created there for King George IV, Beevers, curator of the exhibition Chinese Whispers: Chinoiserie in Britain 1650-1930 (co-author of the accompanying catalogue, 2008), will trace the enthusiasm for this hybrid aesthetic as expressed in English furnishings and interiors.
5. Saturday, October 30, 11:00 a.m.
Billy Baldwin, America’s King Cotton Decorator
Adam Lewis, Interior Designer and Author, New York
Sharing the discoveries featured in his new book, Billy Baldwin: The Great American Decorator (Rizzoli, 2010), Lewis will recount Baldwin’s privileged upbringing in Baltimore, his decorating career in New York City, and his meritorious rise to international fame, and shed new light on this interior design legend. His iconic and influential classical, clean, and colorful style will be shown in interiors he created for a star-studded clientele, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Babe Paley, and other tastemakers. 
October 30, 2:30 p.m. Book-signing reception to follow.
Bringing the Past to the Present and Beyond
Bunny Williams, Interior, Furniture, and Accessories Designer, and Author, New York
At this exclusive San Francisco launch of her latest book, Scrapbook for Living (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010), renowned designer Bunny Williams will share her creative ways to design, organize, and personalize interior spaces.  Room by room, she will discuss how to blend antiques with contemporary design, drawing on her impressive knowledge of the decorative arts and her vast experience creating homes throughout the world.

Friday, October 29, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cars and Cocktails
Enjoy a complimentary cocktail and a viewing of the Tesla Roadster electric sports car, winner of many awards for its innovative design.

2010 Preview Party Benefit Gala
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7 to 9 p.m.
2010 Show
October 28 to October 31, 2010
Thursday – Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center
Fort Mason Center is located in the beautiful Marina district, between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay. The entrance to Fort Mason Center is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street. A former military base, this National Historic Landmark is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and, therefore, has no street address.
New lead sponsors include Boucheron, Capital Dynamics, Gump’s, One King’s Lane, Penisula Custom Homes, and TeslaBonhams & Butterfields, Sotheby’s International Realty, Sotheby’s, and many generous companies, as well as non-profit organizations, continue to support the Show and charity. See the website for a full list of sponsors and cultural partners.  
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