Finders Keepers


A mind-bending collection of contemporary abstract art

It was kismet when a Swiss entrepreneur, fascinated by works that play with geometry and optical illusions, found a kindred spirit to help build his private collection, says Emma Crichton-Miller. Portraits by Fabio Massimo Aceto

Collecting rare American bourbon

Tasting shindigs and the spirit of Prohibition make collecting this “great democratiser” an authentic American experience for a whiskey lover and his co-curator, says Alice Lascelles

Exquisitely crafted contemporary woodwork

With the help of a sought-after London gallerist, this venture capitalist has filled his home with an exquisite collection of wooden sculpture, says Kasia Maciejowska. Portrait by Andy Sewell

An inspirational collection of abstract art

A renowned French curator is adding depth and diversity to a couple’s already remarkable collection of contemporary paintings and sculptures, says Emma Crichton-Miller. Photographs by Fabio Massimo Aceto

A stunning collection of rare modern prints

The shared passion of a London-based entrepreneur and leading art dealer has created a stunning collection of rare modern prints, says Emma Crichton-Miller. Portrait by Matt Munro

African art

A new museum details a duo’s quest to build an unrivalled collection of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora. Emma Jordan reports. Portrait by Per-Anders Pettersson

French art deco furniture

A flea market eye for a find, a “love at first sight” passion and a maverick spirit give these two leaders of their field a collecting edge, says Claire Wrathall. Portrait by Pal Hansen

Abstract art

An ebullient Italian curator has brought the language of abstraction to the fore of a Lebanese retail mogul’s 2,000-strong art collection. Emma Crichton-Miller reports. Portrait by Luc Castel

Historical curiosities

A fascination with European treasures that tell a story has one collector looking to an idiosyncratic dealer to satisfy her wunderkammer style. Kasia Maciejowska reports. Portrait by Sebastian Boettcher
Wine & Champagne

Fine wine

Tasting jaunts by helicopter and bicycle were the start of an oenophile and his advisor’s journey to build a collection to savour. Jemima Sissons reports. Portrait by Richard Grassie

Francis Bacon

The artist’s Monaco connection has inspired two unlikely collaborators to create a private foundation for his work. Emma Crichton-Miller reports. Portrait by Fabio Massimo Aceto

Artist furniture

A private equity CEO and a Paris gallerist may be “comme chiens et chats”, but when it comes to mobilier d’artiste they’re hand in hand, says Claire Wrathall. Portrait by Léa Crespi