The Animal Kingdom Reigns Supreme at the 2016 San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show

The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show returns this year with a theme that's truly wild: "Animalia - Animals in Art & Antiques." The 2016 show, which will descend on SF's Fort Mason Festival Pavilion October 27 through October 30 is all about the beauty, mystery, and majesty of beasts big and small.

As seasoned experts (and art history majors) know, artists have historically relied on animal imagery to symbolize everything from wisdom and fertility to fidelity and reincarnation. And it's no coincidence that the theme of this year's show incorporates the Latin word "Animalis," a term that literally means "Having Soul;" something each unique piece certainly embodies.

Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans, 1852-54, John Gould. Arader Galleries.

This year's attendees will have the distinct pleasure of admiring the wares of sixty international dealers. A wide variety of fine and decorative arts from all styles and periods will be up for sale, including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, paintings, prints, jewelery, rugs, textiles, books, and more. And while many of the breathtaking pieces will be one-of-a-kind centuries-old antiques, vendors will also be displaying present day pieces of the modern era.

Piero Fornasetti Porcelain Fish Appetizer Tray, Pesces, 1960's. Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc.

Georgian agate butterfly, Lang Antique & Estate Jewelry.

If you're still not convinced you should nab a ticket, know that your shopping will benefit an amazing cause: 100% of the net proceeds go to Enterprise for High School Students, a nonprofit that prepares a diverse group of Bay Area kids to thrive in the realms of higher education and employment. Enterprise offers intensive workshops, career exploration training, a database of paid internships, and more to make sure students are set up for success in the real world.

Circa 1950s, New York City, Tiffany & Co., 18k, Ruby & Diamond Rooster Brooch, Lawrence Jeffrey Estate Jewelers.

Dutch tin-glazed earthenware tile picture of a cat, Makkum, 20th century, Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge Inc.

Aerin Lauder serves as the honorary chair of this year's Show, and architect Andrew Skurman will be designing the entry. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out four designer vignettes at the show's entrance from Ann Getty, Antonio Martins, Catherine Wong, and Jonathan Rachman, each incorporating antiques and custom-designed wall coverings developed exclusively in collaboration with De Gournay.

To purchase tickets, head to Eventbrite.

2016 Show Dates

Preview Gala
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. - Gala

4:00 to 7:00 p.m. - Patron Receptions
October 27 to October 30, 2016
Thursday - Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m. 

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