All photos by Drew Alter Photography
Ask just about any fixture of San Francisco society, and they’ll tell you that the Fall Antiques Show Opening Night falls right in line as one of the “big 4” of San Francisco. It starts with the Ballet, then the Symphony, the Opera and finally, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS). This year, the SFFAS Opening Night Gala at Fort Mason’s Festival Pavillion was a glittery evening that lived up to its theme, The Rush of Gold: Precious Metals in Art & Antiques, with Diane Wilsey serving as this year’s Honorary Chair.
The show featured an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, representing all styles and periods. Over sixty dealers from around the world showcased fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture and decorative objects, paintings, prints, photographs and books, gold, silver and precious metals, jewelry, rugs, textiles and ceramics.
Clearly, for a city that prides itself on fine arts and culture, The SFFAS is a mecca for antique art; it is the oldest and most prestigious international art and antiques fair on the West Coast, with proceeds donated to the Enterprise for High School Students (the San Francisco non-profit that engages and empowers Bay Area high school students to develop skills for their future through job readiness training, employment, and career exploration.)
The showcase began with a Preview Gala on Wednesday, October 22nd, followed by the four-day run beginning on October 23. The show featured a full roster of programming, including its renowned Lecture Series, Guided Show Tours, The Loan Exhibition, Designers Saturday events and Cocktail Hour Talks.