San Francisco Fall Antiques Show – Eat, Drink – Be Merry!
Each year, local people-watchers eagerly await the annual Fall Antiques
Show, one of the city’s most prestigious social events. Everyone who’s anyone shows up to see, be seen and partake of the lavish cocktail buffet, aptly titled Eat, Drink – Be Merry! Some partiers even peruse the antiques!
Comparable to the New York Fall Antiques Show, the annual event drew over 2,000 collectors and art lovers to view some of the best antiques and paintings from more than 70 prominent U.S. and European dealers.
Honorary Chair, Lonna Wais
Showcased, this year were Bernard Steinitz from Paris; Mallett and The Silver Fund from London; Betty Aardewerk & Sons from Holland and Il Segno del Tempo from Italy. New York dealers included Kentshire Galleries, Berry-Hill Galleries and Dillingham & Company, while San Francisco dealers featured Therien & Co., Sandra Whitman, Foster-Gwin and the Hedge Gallery, recently opened by Roth Martin and designer Steven Volpe, specializing in 20th Century furniture and decorative pieces.
Opening night benefited Enterprise for High School Students, the non-profit job referral and career development agency that currently assists about 2,000 students, placing more than 20,000 to date.
The 2005 gala committee reads like a Who’s Who of S.F. society: Honorary Chairman Lonna Wais; Chairman MicheleGoss; Vice Chairmen Randolph Arczynski and Sandy Ogden; Co-Chairmen of Connoisseurs Circle Allison Speer and Trevor Traina; Chairman, Collector’s Circle, Laura King Pfaff; Chairman, Benefactors Committee, Tamara Fritz; Chairmen, Young Collectors Committee, Mr. and Mrs. Garland Lasater III; Chairman, Designers Circle, Suzanne Tucker, and Advisory Committee Honorary Chairman John Traina, Jr.
Fall 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Fall Antiques Show by Toby Rose. The event promises to be spectacular with the time-honored theme of silver.
The Preview Party, chaired by Constance C. Peabody, had several receptions depending on the donation level. First the Connoisseur and Collectors Circle have their chance before the Patrons and Benefactors are admitted an hour later. All this just to snag first choice of the antiques, which are vetted by the Antique Dealers Association to insure quality.
Members of the Advisory Committee attended: Adolphus Andrews, Jr., Michael Barcun, Sotheby’s Jennifer Beiderbeck, Diana Dollars Knowles, Maryon Davies Lewis, Diane Morris, Harry S. Parker III, Helen Schwab, Debby Magowan, LA’s Terry Stanfill and NYer Wendell D. Garrett.
This year’s gala featured a bountiful buffet catered by Dan McCall, with music by Sy Grossman. Mercedes-Benz, Goldman Sachs, and HSBC Private Bank were the big sponsors.
Sotheby’s Auction House underwrote a lecture series featuring, among others, New York authors and design insiders Chippy and Keith Irvine of Irvine & Fleming Design, who shared delightful reminiscences of their half century in the business.
Members of the Young Collectors Committee were there: Christine Aylward, Christopher Bass, Brendan Dyson, Lycia and Rocky Fried, Patrick Herning, Katherine Jacobus, Deborah Lee Minor, Jennifer and Gilbert Orser, Kathryn Retzer and Wheeler Simmons.
And representing the Designer Circle: Shelby and Jorge De Quesada, Douglas Durkin Design, Kensington & Associates, Jean Larette Design, Kendal Wilkinson Design, The Wiseman Group and NY’s Peter Pennoyer Architects.
As you can see, everyone was there.