Interactive features, exhibits on display 

“Egyptomania” is spreading in San Francisco.

With the King Tut exhibit pulling in big crowds at the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show has adopted an Egyptian theme, too.

The show, a benefit for Enterprise for High School Students running today through Sunday at Fort Mason Center, has exhibits, displays and interactive Egyptian features along with decorative and fine art from international dealers for sale.

“We consider the antiques show part of the cultural community,” says Lisa Podos, a spokeswoman for the event, which was established in 1982.

It’s hard to miss the motif. At the “Egyptian Inspirations” front entrance are pieces by four local designers. One of the schemes features oversized block wedges of hieroglyphics donated by Ryan Associates and painted by Shirley Robinson.
Designer showcases recreate famous places and themes, such as Elizabeth Everdell’s vision of Nefertiti’s garden and Grant Gibson’s “Tut mania” of the 1970s, inspired by funnyman Steve Martin.

An exhibit called “Egyptomania: Nile Style in the Decorative Arts” curated by Maria Santangelo from the Fine Arts Museums and designed by architect Andrew Skurman with assistance from Paige Glass is another show highlight. 

Among the entries in a five-part lecture series is a talk at 11:15 a.m. today by Sharon Waxman, who wrote “Loot: The Battle Over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World.” Waxman’s presentation will cover the debate on “who owns antiquities” — collectors, dealers, museums or governments.

Participatory elements of the show include a self-guided tour of artifacts and a scavenger hunt, with prizes to be awarded.

Exhibitors and vendors range from sculpture dealer Robert Bowman Gallery and Kevin Conru from Belgium — who has an eclectic mix of tribal and Pacific Rim graphics — to Clinton Howell, Axel Vervoordt and Paul Thiebaud. This year, 16 new dealers join the mix.

“We have more new dealers than ever before,” Podos says.

Rare objects loaned from private collections, including those of the Gettys, Dede Wilsey, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and dealers from around the world, also will be on view.

“It feels really fresh,” Podos says, “we want the Fall Antiques Show to be an experience.”


San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today-Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: $15 general; $15 per lecture
Contact: (415) 989-9019,

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