For design enthusiasts October is the time of year to head to San Francisco for the city's annual Art & Antiques Show. Featuring pieces from more than 60 dealers around the world, this year's event celebrates the role and symbolism of animals within decorative works with its theme “Animalia – Animals in Art & Antiques.” In advance of the October 27 opening, we asked Show Chair designer Suzanne Tucker to share with us five of her favorite pieces at the show. Below, see what she selected along with the items she would pair with these exquisite pieces.157
1. Pair of Rare Roman Carrara Marble Hounds, circa 1840 from Antonio's Bella Casa
"This year's show explores the fascination with the beauty and mystery of the animal kingdom, as well as its symbolism throughout the ages. The Latin word Animalis literally means 'Having Soul,' and 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. These two marble hounds are the perfect example of this connection with their wistful expressions and true-to-life postures. They would be beautiful used in a garden room or outside loggia. "
2. Seated Man with Pink Face, 1958 by Nathan Oliveira from the Foster Gwin Gallery
"The late Nathan Oliveira is a renowned Bay Area artist, and a personal favorite of mine. This work is both provocative and intriguing and is executed in the most sophisticated color palette. We have added 'art' to the name of the show this year. This was by popular request from many dealers over the years and now opens the show to an expansive range of art and a broader spectrum of galleries."
3. French Maison Baguès 1940's Gilt-Bronze and Marble Coffee/Cocktail Table from epoca
"This French 1940's Maison Baguès coffee table is chic and timeless. The well-veined Carrara marble top is set within a gilt-bronze frame and is raised on elegantly scrolled supports with rams head caps and hoofed feet. This table would work well within a wide variety of design styles. I definitely believe in mixing contemporary pieces and modern elements with antiques."
4. Left to Right: Felis Jaguarondi (The Yaguarundi), 1883, Felis Javanesis (the little red-spotted cat), 1883 and Felis Viverrina (the fishing cat),1883 from Arader Galleries
"These magnificent cats are from one of the finest color plate works on mammals, Daniel Elliot’s A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats. The work describes and illustrates all the species of cats known at the time of publication. These three pieces would be the purrrfect addition to a well-curated art studio or study."
5. Dutch Tin-Glazed Earthenware Stool, circa 1820 from Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge
"Blue and white is a classic decorating scheme that is traditional yet fresh. The blue-and-white chinoiserie pattern of this English Minton garden seat is the perfect starting point for curating a sophisticated blend of shapes, patterns and color. It's all about the mix!"