While some products seem practically to be designed for sale in the digital era, others still call for a more personal interface. Homogenized items such as home cleaning products or mass-produced sneakers are easy and convenient to buy online, but more sophisticated markets still demand more educated consumers and proprietors. One such realm is indubitably that of antiques, which asks for a careful appreciation of unique objects. Carlton Hobbs, one of the world’s leading dealers, acts as the link between many enthusiasts and the pieces that make their collections.
Since establishing himself in Manhattan more than three decades ago, Carlton Hobbs has maintained a reputation as an authority on furniture and objects from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Utilizing an extensive research library of more than 2,500 texts culled over the years, he pursues thorough investigation of each piece he acquires, and often chooses those with aristocratic or royal provenance. The impressive pedigree of Hobb’s compendium attracts a cache of elite clients, among them museums including the Musee de Louvre, The John Paul Getty Museum, The Rijksmuseum, The National Gallery of Australia, The Bowes Museum, The National Gallery of Greece, and The Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to placing works for exhibition in this regard, Carlton Hobbs frequently lends items from his collection to esteemed art and antique fairs, including TEFAF Maastricht, London’s Grosvenor House, and the Biennale in Paris. At the historical Vanderbilt mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Carlton Hobbs houses a globally reputed collection of mirrors, end tables, cabinets, paintings, chairs, desks, and many other items.