New features, old treasures at S.F. Fall Antiques Show 

click to enlarge Art deco furnishings are among the multitude of decorative objects on view and for sale at the the 32nd San Francisco Fall Antiques Show. - COURTESY PHOTO
  • Art deco furnishings are among the multitude of decorative objects on view and for sale at the the 32nd San Francisco Fall Antiques Show.
What’s old is “moderne” again.

With a new director, new theme and host of fresh ways to view the exhibitions, the 32nd annual San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, running today through Sunday, embraces the future while treasuring the past.

The show’s theme, “Jazz Moderne and the Avant Garde,” takes visitors back 100 years to the art deco movement, which was heavily influenced by the industrial revolution and the dawn of the machine age.

Free new features — including ways to learn more about antiques and collecting and entertaining approaches to find out more about exhibitors and exhibits — have been added.

Ariane Trimuschat, newly serving as director, says, “Our programming this year allows attendees to really sink their teeth into the show and understand the many aspects of the world of collecting.”

With 62 vetted exhibitors, there’s something for everyone. The fair features fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, Russian and Asian furniture and decorative arts, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles, paintings, prints and photographs.

For the first time, the show is offering guided tours at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day, offering attendees a deeper knowledge of each genre.

Since it’s also the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition — a good reason for a party as any – the 2013 fair is hosting a new “Cocktail Hour in the Café,” featuring wine and cocktails for visitors, and expert presentations ranging from “An Insider’s Guide to Buying Art & Antiques at Auction” to “Prohibition Era Cocktails: A Demonstration & Tasting.”

The continuing popular lecture series offers talks by noted interior designers: Mario Buatta on “If You Can’t Hide it Decorate it,” Timothy Corrigan’s “An Invitation to the Chateau de Grand-Luce” and Bay Area’s Suzanne Tucker’s “Creating the Blend: Passion, Vision and the Collected Interior.” Also, the Duchess of Rutland speaks on “Belvoir Castle, 100 Years of Family, Art and Architecture.”

The show, a benefit for Enterprise for High School Students, is the oldest arts fair on the West Coast. This year’s honorary chair is jazz singer Kitty Margolis and co-chairs are Michele Goss and Adrianna Pope Sullivan.


S.F. Fall Antiques Show

Where: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.

When: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. today-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday Tickets: $15 to $20

Contact: (415) 989-9010,

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