The 2012 San Francisco Fall Antique Show (SFFAS) will dock Thursday, October 25 to Sunday, October 28, at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion. With its nautical theme inspired by the iconic America’s Cup races, being hosted in San Francisco in October 2012 and 2013, the show features decorative and fine arts relating to the ocean, boating, and travel.

The SFFAS launches with a benefit gala Preview Party on Wednesday, October 24. All proceeds from the show go to Enterprise for High School Students, an organization that engages and empowers Bay Area high school students to develop skills for their future through job readiness training, employment, and career exploration.

On Thursday, October 25, the show sets sail for the next four days. Upon boarding the SFFAS, Divas will be welcomed by a captivating nautical installation, designed by renowned San Francisco-based architect Andrew Skurman. At the front entrance, guests will discover maritime marvels on display in the special Exhibition, Sea Worthy: The Best of Nautical Art and Antiques curated by Holland Lynch and consulting curator Maria Santangelo, ranging from detailed ship models to stunning seashell jewelry designs, historic brass telescopes and treasures discovered at shipwreck sites to iconic Impressionist boating paintings and Art Deco silver used on luxury liners.


The SFFAS features 60 leading decorative and fine arts galleries from across the United States and Europe, including new dealers Nicholas Brawer Gallery from New York and Leanne Hull Fine Art from La Jolla; several returning after a hiatus, such as Obsolete from Venice, CA, and Mallet from London; and longtime participants Kentshire from New York, Susan Ollemans Oriental Art from London, Steinitz from Paris, American Garage and Therien from Los Angeles, epoca from San Francisco, and others.


The lecture series will explore the Romance of the Sea with renowned experts in their fields, including:

Thursday, October 25, 11:00 a.m.
An Auction Adventure on the High Seas
Gary Metzner, Senior Vice President and Fine Art Director, Sotheby’s, Chicago
Come join Sotheby’s expert Gary Metzner for a high seas adventure of discovery as he recounts the stories behind nautical and travel-themed works of art!

Thursday, October 25, 2:30 p.m.
“Who’s the Grandest of Them All?”: The Great Modern Ocean Liners
Marianne Lamonaca, Special Exhibitions Curator, The Bard Graduate Center, Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, New York
Marianne Lamonaca, curator of many exhibitions on Art Deco, travel, and related topics, will illustrate the extravagant, fashionable, and novel “floating palaces” of transatlantic travel.

Friday, October 26, 11:00 a.m.

Tales from the Haute Seas
Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, Phoenix Museum of Art, Phoenix
Join curator Dennita Sewell on the high seas of style as she tells tales of garments worn on, in, and next to the water over the centuries.

Friday, October 26, 2:30 p.m.
Celebrating Great Rooms: 300 Years of Changing Interiors
Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Interior Designer and Author, England
A noted authority on period homes and historical styles, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill will speak about architectural elements, layouts, and design of interiors, from medieval times to present day.


Saturday, October 27, 11:00 a.m.
Book-signing to follow.
The Colorful Life of Rose Cumming

Jeffrey Simpson, Author and Former Contributing Writer for Architectural Digest, New York
Jeffrey Simpson, author of new book on Rose Cumming: Design Inspiration (Rizzoli 2012), will describe how this flamboyant and talented character opened a shop on Madison Avenue and from there mentored, bullied, and taught many influential tastemakers, among them Albert Hadley, Bunny Williams, Mario Buatta, and Thomas Britt.

Saturday, October 27, 2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Icons of San Francisco Architecture and Design
In celebration of each of their first monographs – Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012) and Ann Getty: Interior Style (written by Diane Dorrans Saeks, Rizzoli, 2012) – acclaimed architect Andrew Skurman and influential interior designer Ann Getty will share images and ideas from their iconic work in the Bay Area and beyond.


Preview Party: Wednesday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Show: Thursday, October 25–Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.;
Sunday, October 28, noon to 5:00 p.m.

Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street,
San Francisco, CA

Supporters (7 p.m. admission for 1) $250
Enthusiasts (6 p.m. admission for 2) $600
Aficionados (5 p.m. admission for 2) $1250
Collectors Circle (4 p.m. admission for 2) $3000
Connoisseurs Circle (4 p.m. admission for 2) $5000

General Admission – includes catalogue $15 in advance
$20 at the door

Lecture – not including General Admission $15 in advance
Lecture – not including General Admission $18 at the door
Lecture Series – 6 lectures, includes General Admission $115 in advance only
Lunch and Lecture Package $50 in advance only

THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL ANTIQUES SHOW Benefitting Enterprise for High School Students is the oldest and most prestigious international antiques fair on the West Coast. Each year, the fair features an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts, representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs. This year’s Sea Worthy event will be held on Thursday, October 25- Saturday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, October 28, noon to 5:00 p.m. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit