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Behind the SF Art & Antiques Show With Suzanne Tucker
Sep 7, 2016

The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show returns with a new theme, chosen by chair Suzanne Tucker: “Animalia: Animal Imagery in Art & Antiques.” Running October 27 through October 30 at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, the show is in its 35th edition and will host 60 dealers from around the world, offering items that span styles and periods including American, English, Continental and Asian furniture, decorative objects, paintings, prints, photographs, books, precious metals, jewelry, rugs, textiles and ceramics, many echoing the show’s theme.

Joel Cooner Gallery: "The Inspiration," by Lindee Climo

Peter Fetterman Gallery: "Elephant (Against Light), Kafue National Park, Zambia" photograph, by Sebastião Salgado

Tucker sat down to chat with EAL about what surprises are in store at this year’s show.

Tell us about this year’s theme, “Animalia.”
The “Animalia” theme has been in the cooker for a while. It is fanciful and playful, chic and timeless, and includes the kingdom of all animals. Of course, it is a subject that has been interpreted in just about every discipline, technique, and material throughout time, but it’s also relatable to everyone—modern and traditional, antiquities to contemporary. Mankind has always been fascinated with the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom, creating symbolism and meaning, and the Latin word animalis literally means “having soul.” I love that, because at the heart of all art, antiques and decorative objects is a boundless, collective soul—that of the artist, the craftsman, the collector, the observer and the history of the piece.

Lebreton Gallery: "Oiseau d'Argent" table, by François-Xavier Lalanne

Lang Antiques: Victorian braided mesh bracelet with plumed cockatiel

How will the theme appear in this year’s show?
There will be so many gorgeous examples and interpretations of this idea at the show: from a bird-shaped aluminum table by François-Xavier Lalanne (Lebreton Gallery) to a delicate 19th-century enamel butterfly brooch (Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers); from a chic art deco lacquered screen (Epoca) to a spectacular elephant photograph by Sebastião Salgado (Peter Fetterman Gallery). I’ve also had an eye on the fall fashion collections, and there is a fabulous plethora of animal prints, motifs and themes, so what to wear on opening night should be easy!

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