While visiting San Francisco over the weekend, I was fortunate to learn the 14th annual Arts & Crafts Show was within walking distance from the flat my wife and I rented. I’ve read excellent reviews of this event in Style 1900 and American Bungalow magazine and was exited to attend.
The Concourse Exhibition Center was a perfect venue with an exposed wood beam ceiling and warm lighting. There were numerous booths containing antique and newly made furniture, architectural items, metalware, textiles, art pottery, books, and other items inspired by the American and British Arts & Crafts Movement.
One of the first booths I visited was occupied by Eliane M. Talec of David Rago Auctions. Rago is the leading auction house for Arts & Crafts, a sponsor for this event and a partner with WorthPoint. (Check out their completed auction listings in WorthPoint’s Worthopedia). Sharing the booth with Rago Auctions was co-sponsor Jennifer Strauss of Style 1900 Magazine. Style 1900 is an antiques and interiors magazine published by David Rago.
My wife and I are collectors of Bauer pottery and it was a treat to see the numerous pieces of Bauer inventory offered by J. Sylvester S., a contributor for one of my favorite references entitled, “”Collector’s Encyclopedia of Bauer Pottery“.
Another show highlight included exchanging banter with David Surgan, owner of HeintzCollection.com. David’s booth contained the largest inventory of Heinz pieces I have seen in person (see images).
The show was not only an opportunity to purchase investment-grade antiques, but to learn about their craftsmanship though conversations with collectors and dealers. There is no substitute for handling an antique in person and everyone I met was eager to share their knowledge.
I was so consumed by meeting new people and perusing booths that did not get a chance to attend the featured lectures.
This show was a wonderful time and a must-see event for anyone interested in antiques and Arts and Crafts.