Saturday, October 25, 2014

Through the Lens of Fred Lyon


Yesterday I attended the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, just to visit the Peter Fetterman exhibit. Fetterman represents 19th and 20th century photography, specializing in black and white photography with an emphasis on humanist imagery.

There was one photographer who's work I wanted to see. That's the legendary Fred Lyon.


Parking on the steep hill just below the Mark Hopkins hotel.

If you haven't heard of Fred, he has been called the "San Francisco's Brassai".  

Mr. Lyon is a 4th generation San Franciscan and is primarily a San Franciscan photographer. He is  known for capturing the ethereal feel of the city and its people though his amazing photography. Most of his work is from the 40s-60s.


I own two of his books, but have been wanting to purchase one of his prints for a long time now.


Fred is dapper at the age of 90, and guess who had the chance to meet him? Yes, he was at the exhibit, and yours truly interrupted the tail end of his lunch to compliment him and ask him to autograph two of my books. He was as charming and humble as ever. I was so thrilled!

San Francisco, Flowerstand, I Magnum, Union Square 1958


Chinatown


I just adore how his images that capture the fog in San Francisco. Very ethereal. This image (above) is actually very close to my neighborhood.


Coit Tower (above)

San Francisco Post and Powell Street, Union Square 1947 


Sunset Grid 1959


This grid of houses in San Francisco's Sunset District is where I was born. Thinking of possibly purchasing this one. Just can't decide!


Huntington Hotel 1958


Ocean Beach

Foggy Night in San Francisco's Nob Hill, Entrance to the Fairmont Hotel ,circa 1950's


Cotillion in Palace Hotel, Palm Court, 1958


Kearny Street, 1952


If you want to check out Mr. Lyon's works, visit the Peter Fetterman gallery.

 There are also some wonderful books available, the most recent, San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960


or my other favorite, 




There will also be another Fred Lyon exhibit in San Francisco from November 8 - January 10th at the  Harvey Milk Photo Center. I'm planning on going and possibly purchasing some of Fred's art!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PHB GIVEAWAY!



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Special New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!



We're thrilled to share our newest acquisitions at Paris Hotel Boutique

We recently had the opportunity to enter an old San Francisco estate that had hundreds of 19th century paintings. It was like a gallery! Today, we bring you many gorgeous paintings from that wonderful estate!

In addition, we are showcasing over 50 new pieces! Highlights include:

  • Large Antique Bristol Glass Bird Vases    

  • Tamara Jewelry Antique Fob Necklaces  

  • Midcentury Murano Pendant Light

  • Art Deco Marcasite Rings

  • Christian Dior Store Display Signs  

  • Antique Key Fobs
     
  • Assorted Collection of 1st Edition Books, Hotel Silver and much, much more! 

Please click here to see our latest additions...

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

BIG SALE at Paris Hotel Boutique!


Ready to Shop?

At PHB we're busy bees getting our holiday items ready for you! As you probably know, we normally don't discount our items, but for one week, we've marked down selected items throughout the shop.

Over 50 items are discounted, from accessories to jewelry -- some up to 60% off their original price!


Friday, October 03, 2014

A Sad Goodbye.


It's been hard to sit down and write this, but this past Sunday, we had to lay our precious Vito to rest.

You may have remembered seeing Vito here on my blog many times, posting contest winners or just being camera friendly. He was my side kick 24/7 for the past 14 years-- totally a trooper as I dragged him through every flea market and antique shop. He evened traveled with us. You may even remember him on magazine covers, newspaper stories or on HGTV doing his famous "wave." He was kinda famous.

Vito was our first puppy. He was the love of my life. Being childless, he was my baby, my comfort, as you know by what your precious pets mean to you.

I'm not saying this because he was my dog, but Vito was a special boy. We used to take him to the old aged home, where he'd lay peacefully and comfort the elderly. He never snapped once in 14 years, and was child and animal friendly. Everyone loved Vito. I remember one of his vets saying that he wanted to adopt him.

His final days were good. He had been treated for lymphoma, and it went into remission for over a year. Even in his last days, there were no signs of him ready to go. He was eating, playful, and following me up and down the stairs. Last Sunday was different though, I came home from the flea market and he was shaking. My husband and I took him to the vet and with one hour, we had to put him down.

Needless to say, I'm still kind of in shock, as we are grieving terribly. Thank heavens for our little puppy Sonny, who will never replace Vito, but I'm sure glad we have him. Even Sonny has the blues.

So as I tearfully, choke through this post, I will try and hang on to the memories of this dear soul who touched so many lives. Rest in peace, my little Don "Vito" Corleone. The world is a bit smaller without you.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Looking for Pickers!


If you know me and my boutique, I'm always on the lookout for unique items to bring to you. I'm the sole buyer for the shop, so it gets challenging to crank out numerous items every month as my customer base grows.

Having said that, I'm noticing the estate sales are not as good as they were decades ago. Frankly, the pickins are getting slimmer, and I have less time to travel. That's not saying that I won't continue to bring you the best items that I can get my sticky fingers on!

This is where you may be able to help. I'm always on the lookout for hotel related items, unique and eclectic French accessories, estate jewelry, and more. Perhaps you have something you want to part with, or have come across something amazing along your travels?

If you do, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email with photos. Now, in advance, I'm super, super particular, so please don't get offended if I'm not interested in something you show me. 

Also, I don't appraise items, so I'm sorry that I can't be of assistance there. FYI, I don't buy linens, clothing, paper, or repurposed items.

Feel free to drop me a line anytime, and thanks for your help!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Unique New Arrivals at Paris Hotel Boutique!!

antique signet rings

With brisk mornings, cooler days, and leaves changing colors, Paris Hotel Boutique offers you our latest finds to capture the mood of this beautiful upcoming Autumn season.

Today we are showcasing 60 new pieces!

View some highlights below and then shop our new arrivals here!

large Art Nouveau alabaster bust

Antique Apothecary Bottles

Vintage Borghese Lamps

Vintage French Trophy

Antique French Napoleonic-Scened Vase

Palace Hotel, San Francisco Pitcher

Victorian Birds Oil Painting

1950s Woman Oil on Canvas




images: Kassie Borreson, Haus Frau Fotografie