Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The 2010 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show...Chinoiserie Chic

Make a grand entrance at the 2010 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show through the two story gilded pagoda, created by Bay Area architect Andrew Skurman.  The chic Chinoiserie themed antiques show opens at the Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center on October 27 with a Preview Party Benefit Gala, hosted by New York fashion designer Derek Lam, a native of San Francisco.

Derek Lam's spring 2011 collection
photo by www.style.com
Derek Lam's loft
New York, NY 
An exhibition and lecture series accompanies the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, which runs from October 28-31.  Chinoiserie:  Rococo to Eco, the 2010 exhibition, explores Asian design influences on European fine and decorative arts and furnishings.  Highlights of the exhibition, including objects on loan from the collections of Ann Getty and the Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, include a mid 18th century table made by the workshop of William and John Linnell for the Chinese bedroom at Badminton House, an English country estate in Gloucestershire, UK, owned by the Dukes of Beaufort since the late 17th century.  Other furniture from the Chinese bedroom, including the Badminton bed, is now in the collection of London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

The Badminton bed made by the workshop of William and John Linnell
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
photo by www.vam.ac.uk
Guest speakers at Chinoiserie Chic, the 2010 lecture series, include David Beevers, keeper of the Royal Pavilion, the Brighton, UK seaside retreat that architect John Nash remodeled for George IV from 1787-1823.  The Royal Pavilion houses some of the finest examples of Chinoiserie in the UK.  Designer Saturday lecture features New York interior designer Bunny Williams, and Adam Lewis, who recently published a biography of interior design icon Billy Baldwin
The music room
The Royal Pavilion, Brighton, UK  
Renowned as the oldest, most prestigious antiques show on the west coast, the 2010 San Francisco Fall Antiques Show features over 60 prominent US and European exhibitors.  Favorite US exhibitors include New York dealers Kentshire, Liz O'Brien and Carlton Hobbs LLC, as well as San Francisco based Therien & Co. and Kathleen Taylor-The Lotus Collection.  European favorites include Galerie Steinitz, Paris.
A George I red and gilt Japanned bureau cabinet, circa 1720
Kentshire, New York, NY
A Dresden blue, cream, gilt, and polychrome Japanned bureau bookcase in the manner of Martin Schnell, circa 1730
Kentshire, New York, NY
A George I green Japanned and parcel gilt bureau cabinet in the manner of John Belchier, circa 1725
Kentshire, New York, NY
A rosewood cabinet on stand in the Chinoiserie taste inset with polychrome hardstone zhouwork, probably from the court of Augustus in Dresden, circa 1750
Carlton Hobbs LLC, New York, NY
An early 18th century French Chinoiserie silk and wool needlepoint
 Kathleen Taylor-The Lotus Collection, San Francisco, CA
Who will be the grandest exhibitors this year?