Carlton Hobbs, a New York based independent dealer of fine antiques and historic objects, regularly collaborates with other noted art dealers to hold special exhibits in his New York gallery. Carlton Hobbs specializes in furniture and art from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and has organized exhibitions with London-based fine art specialist Jean-Luc Baroni to display rare masterworks from the 16th to the early 20th centuries. In the exhibit, an oil painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and other works by Delacroix, Salviati, and Parmigianino complemented selected pieces of furniture and sculpture of the gallery. A further joint exhibition with Jean-Luc Baroni is planned for January 2014.
In addition, the gallery has displayed forty pieces of 18th century Regency furniture by Thomas Hope in a benefit for the Sir John Soane Museum Foundation. It was the single largest collection of Thomas Hope pieces to come on the market since Hope’s estate was auctioned by Christie’s in 1917.
In conjunction with the world of fashion, the gallery has hosted the launch of Hamish Bowles’ and Alexandra Kotur’s book ‘The World in Vogue: People, Parties, Places.’ These events make the gallery a sought-after place to find and display good taste, for example the well-known fashion blogger James Andrew of “What is James Wearing?” featured himself on a tour of Carlton Hobbs.
Established in 1918, the British Antique Dealers’ Association strives to maintain the highest level of professionalism throughout the antiques and fine art dealing industry. One of its primary goal involved the development of a sense of mutual esteem between its members and the public. To achieve this, the organization created a set of bylaws that stand as the framework for this endeavor. These include a pledge to provide accurate descriptions of selling pieces, to obtain approximate dates of its manufacture, and generally to strive to accurately presenting all salient facts pertaining to an antique item for sale. There are many benefits to be derived from becoming a friend of the organization, including free entry into major antique art fairs, access to a wide range of fine art professionals, and exclusive viewings of private collections.
About Carlton Hobbs: For two decades, Carlton Hobbs has operated a fine arts and antiques dealership. He is a member of the British Antique Dealers’ Association.
Established in 1918, the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) has maintained a reputation for top standards for nearly a century. As the trade association for high-level antique dealers in Britain, BADA’s mission has always been to establish and maintain confidence in its members and buyers through a stringent set of bylaws and code for business standards.
Whether selling or purchasing from a BADA member, clients know they are working with an expert in this specialized field of the business. The organization ensures that it provides reliable information and comprehensive advice on the care of art or objects. Additionally, discretion is standard in the sale or purchase of collections. Restoration or advice about restoration should also be expected when working with a BADA member.
About the author: Carlton Hobbs is an international antiques dealer who began his career in London; he has been a member of BADA since 1986. Currently headquartered in New York City, Carlton Hobbs Antiques is open from Monday through Friday 9am-6pm and on weekends by appointment. For more information, see CarltonHobbs.com.
Founded in 1918, the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) promotes the highest standards of integrity within the antiques trade. Indeed, the organization only extends invitations to dealers who have demonstrated both their expert knowledge and their ethical business practices. After dealers gain membership in BADA, their memberships still undergo renewal and confirmation each year. Only 400 dealers throughout the United Kingdom maintain membership in this well-respected organization. Headquartered at Rutland Gate in Knightsbridge, London, BADA also employs a network of regional representatives dispersed throughout the country. Additionally, the association offers antiques certification and organizes the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which takes place each spring at the Duke of York’s Square in London.
About the author: A longtime member of BADA, Carlton Hobbs has bought and sold museum quality art, furniture, and fine home decor for several decades. Through his gallery, Carlton Hobbs, LLC, he carries out in-depth research on the provenance of each piece he purchases. The company was probably the first in the field to establish a full time in-house research department in 1989.
The first exhibition in Maastricht opened as the Pictura Fine Art Fair in 1975. Throughout the following years, the fair underwent numerous changes of name while continuing to expand and attract an increasingly prestigious array of dealers from around the world. In 1988, it moved locations to the Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre and became The European Fine Art Fair. One last name change in 1996 shortened this to TEFAF Maastricht.
As it grew in fame and attendance, the fair received numerous additions to its displays, such as a section for 20th-century design. In 2008, TEFAF instituted a publication detailing the state of the international art market. Now more than 260 vendors travel from 18 countries to feature the finest antiques and works of art at the yearly event, which in 2012 celebrated its 25th anniversary.
About Carlton Hobbs: A respected antique vendor, Carlton Hobbs concentrates on collecting works from the 17th through 19th centuries at his company Carlton Hobbs, LLC, which is now based in New York. He exhibits at numerous respected antiques fairs throughout the world, including TEFAF in the Netherlands, the Biennale in France, the Fall and Winter Antiques Shows at the Armory in New York, and Masterpiece in London.