Elsie Smith Incorporated is an import-export design company that purveys antiques, artisan made furniture, decorations, fashions, jewelry, gem stones and Buddhas to the trade and public. It evolved from various Elsie Smith antique, furniture, importing and interior design interests.
In 1949, she founded LC Interiors on San Francisco's Columbus Avenue. During the fifties and sixties, she opened designer quality furniture showrooms on Clement and Union Streets. While Elsie Smith searched the world for fine antiques and reproductions, she commissioned skilled artisans to produce her designs. Elsie's discerning eye in selecting unusual furniture and decorations became apparent. As a result, LC Interiors became a popular source for interior designers.
In the early sixties, she founded Elsie Smith Associates at Jackson Square for the trade while keeping LC Interiors on Union Street for the public. Instantly, Elsie Smith Associates was a thriving business. To provide the trade and the public with immediately available furniture and decorations, LC Interiors and Elsie Smith Associates merged to open a warehouse showroom on Battery Street. The trade and the public clamored to buy direct.
In 1972, Elsie Smith Incorporated was established. Two adjacent Battery Street warehouses totaling 60,000 square feet were filled to the brim with imported and domestic handcrafted décor . Elsie started designing and importing fashions and jewelry for sale while at Battery Street.
Throughout her career, Elsie collected a collage of treasures. Ultimately, she closed her Jackson Square operation, and the 915 and 945 Battery Street warehouse showrooms. Her GALLERY may be browsed by the trade and public via this website or by visiting her 2285 Palou Avenue warehouse showroom in San Francisco.
Elsie Smith passed away on June 13, 2016, her legacy, Elsie Smith Inc. continues to operate as a subsidiary of Drake Smith LLC. We are currently preparing an Estate Sale for Elsie's private collection which will also include liquidation items.
We carry a large worldwide variety of fine unusual handcrafted antique and vintage pieces that include furniture, décor, statuary, Buddha images, architectural elements, Oriental rugs and screens, jewelry, gemstones, majolica, upholstery, mirrors, toys, games, collectibles and more.
Following the italicized categories below are popular keywords to help you sort our GALLERY. Simply copy and paste any of them in the white box above, and click FIND.
furniture: Afghani, altar, armoire, bar, bar stool, bombe, cabinet, chair, chest, chest bed, chest desk, Chinese, claw foot, clipper ship, cocktail, credenza, curio, desk, English, escritoire, etagere, French, handpainted, highboy, Italian, Lombardy, Mexican, poudre, secretary, serpentine, server, sideboard, Spanish, table, tansu, trunk, Venetian, Veneto
décor: cage, bisque, bowl, box, can, candle, candleholder, candlestick, celadon, ceramic, clock, clockcase, container, cup, decanter, dish, earthenware, frame, ginger jar, ice bucket, humidor, Imari, jar, jardinière, jewelry, kerosene, kettle, lamp, lithograph, Mardigras mask, mirror, oil lamp, painting, picture, pipe holder, pitcher, plate, pot, scale, server, shard box, spinning wheel, tassel, tea, tray, tureen, vase, urn
Buddha images: bronze, Buddha, Burmese, Cambodian, Guan Yin, Hindu God, Japanese, medal, Nang Kwok, palakeek, statue, Thai, talisman, thangka, wood
architecutral elements: balustrade, door, lantern, light
rugs & hangings: hanging, kalaga, rug, runner, screen
jewelry: bracelet, choker, Dona Browne, earrings, Mexican, necklace, Pal Kepenyes, ring
gemstones: amethyst, emerald, gemstone, jade ruby, peridot, ruby, sapphire
majolica: Granada bowl, antique majolica
miscellaneous: camera, cart, guitar, biwa, spindle seat spring board wagon, windmill
period or style: antique, Beidermeier, Ching, Chippendale, custom, Edo, Empire, Louis, Meiji, Ming, Pre-Colombian, Regence, Regency, Sheraton, vintage, Windsor
statuary: blackamoor, bronze, Buddha, bust, handcarved, handcarved stone, Ming Dynasty statue, idol, sculpture, statue
toys & games: wooden car, chess set, doll, hook & ladder truck, Lionel, locomotive, marionette, puzzle, sock monkey, toy, truck
upholstery: chaise, chest bed, daybed, divan, divanette, loveseat, sofa
collectibles: card, match box, photograph, playing cards, post card