Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Gump's: legend in S.F.



"Gump's, San Francisco, is a California---no---an American legend. It has survived the Gold Rush, earthquakes and fires...



...Hardly your average gift and decorative accessories store, it is a combination art museum, fine antique shop, super gift and decorative accessories shop, furniture and interior design store whose decorators design the homes of the famous and/or the not so famous, just very rich."


A Ch'ing Dynasty gilded wood Buddha, carved for a summer palace in Northern China, still gazes serenely over the store's first floor. It was carved in the Northern Manchurian Province of Jehol, the summer capital of the Ch'ing Emperors in the early 19th Century. The piece, the largest of its kind outside a museum, is the only item in the store that is not for sale.




















And now, the highly anticipated, After Christmas Sale...








I couldn't afford anything at Gump's, but across the back alley, on Maiden Lane, there is a wonderful little shop by the name of Candelier, which was having a 70% off Christmas Sale, where I was able to add a few items to my Christmas decorations.


Thanks to my friend, Michelle, who got us there early, I was able to get this beautiful Santos angel by Wendy Addison, along with a few unusual ornaments to add to my collection.


I also picked up this tree and several black, flocked balls, which look great in my toile den.

7 comments:

Kathysue said...

Hi Terri, I was wondering if Gumps was still open, now I know. I have a sweet jade green bud vase from Gumps that I got at GW for $1.99 can you believe that??!! I was so excited, it has a place on the night stand in my guest room where one white flower looks perfect in it expecially a spider mum. Thank you for the tour, great picts. Kathysue

Daisy's Mercantile said...

See you did get your santos angel.

Michelle got the same tree over there yesterday. It is sad to think he is going out of business after all these years.

Barb

koralee said...

Wow...what a treasure chest! I love your little tree! Thank you for visiting me..your blog is lovely. I will be back....but for now.. I send you many New Years Blessings ...may your 2010 be filled with many many treasures!

Beach House Living said...

Gump's looks like a must see place. The aluminum tree is divine.

Chris Long said...

I love the silver tree!

Cashon&Co said...

I have always loved Gumps, via the catalogue, but have never been inside the store. Thank you for taking me on a tour. it's gorgeous!!!

Unknown said...

Come by and check us out again this year! I'm a buyer at Gump's, and in the last two years (in our 150th year in business) we have made sure that we still have our amazing, high end products, but also the best in design at all prices. Richard Gump used to say "good taste costs no more" - meaning from $5 to $500,000 we will have all the most beautiful objects from across the globe.