Carlton Hobbs Announces Fall Acquisitions on View
New York, NY, September 15, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Carlton Hobbs, the leading specialist in museum
quality 17th-19th century British and Continental furniture and decorative arts, has announced that a new
selection of rare furniture, paintings and objects, will be on view for the first time at his New York
gallery, the former Vanderbilt mansion, located at 60 East 93rd Street in New York.
"We are very excited to present over twenty-five new acquisitions which will take their place in our
gallery," said Stefanie Rinza, the company's managing director.
Among the highlights are an entire extraordinary French 18th century room, comprising gilt and white
painted paneling, bookcases and chimney piece from the library of the Hôtel Gaulin, Dijon, which was
first acquired from its original home by J.P. Morgan Jr., one of the most celebrated collectors of the
twentieth century. He bequeathed this room to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1923, which declared
the library as “the richest of the [rooms] in the matter of decoration,” and had it in its permanent exhibit
for over 20 years. It was later on view in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the early 1950s and it
is as a result of its long-term museum history that it is in the most unusual untouched original condition.
A further item of interest is a magnificent monumental alabaster vase with fine Etruscan red and black
painted decoration. Standing over four-feet tall, it takes the form of a volute krater, an ancient Greek
vessel used for mixing wine and water. Though the design of this vase does not appear to be a direct copy
of an ancient example, its decoration very closely relates to a few known examples, most notably the
“Hamilton Vase,” among the most prized pieces in Sir William Hamilton's collection and featured in
Baron d'Hancarville's great publication of Hamilton's vases, Antiquités Etrusques, Grecques et Romaines.
Among the paintings and drawings, an early 19th century watercolor measuring over 6 ft in length