A prediction: the highlight of this year’s diary, for passionate hunters of antiques, will be Christopher Hodsoll’s private sale of fine and decorative pieces, collected over the course of 25 years by one of his best clients. Hodsoll is legendary for his cabinet-of-curiosities style, and an eye that’s able to juxtapose a fine brass-inlaid George Bullock desk from the 18th century with a 1960s Italian glass and Perspex coffee table – and make it somehow work. He has long been the antiques dealer of choice for rock stars, actors and other luminaries, counting Mick Jagger, Damien Hirst, Charles Saatchi and the Duke of Beaufort among his clients. Indeed, he has almost achieved rock-star status in his own realm; ever unconventional, he was one of the first high-profile dealers to buy and sell antiques for their decorative impact, rather than their fine provenance.
During the past few months he has been working from this particular client’s 9,000sq ft west Kensington mansion after she moved abroad, preparing its contents for sale. The collection is signature Hodsoll and there are about 300 lots, ranging from a Regency brass and ebony inlaid breakfront cabinet (£95,000) to a 1935 Syrie Maugham Wilton carpet (£60,000). He has also added pieces from his own home, encompassing the 17th to 21st centuries, including an early-19th-century carved wood camel (£3,800) and a 1920s bronze propeller (£150).
Hodsoll says this sale is a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike. “Over 25 years my client has amassed a wonderful collection, ranging from pieces of serious provenance to the quirky and the fun. I very much doubt it will take long before we are sold out completely.”
Prices start at little more than £100 and go up to about £400,000. The sale begins on Monday February 18 and continues for a month – unless everything sells more quickly than anticipated. Viewings are by appointment. Happy hunting…