A luxe cache of curiosities

“Rock star” antiques dealer Christopher Hodsoll’s house sale

Aprediction: the highlight of this year’s diary, for passionate hunters ofantiques, will be Christopher Hodsoll’s private sale of fine and decorativepieces, 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’sable to juxtapose a fine brass-inlaid George Bullock desk from the 18th century with a 1960s Italian glass and Perspex coffee table – and make itsomehow 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 ofBeaufort among his clients. Indeed, he has almost achieved rock-star statusin his own realm; ever unconventional, he was one of the first high-profile dealers to buy and sell antiques for theirdecorative impact, rather than their fine provenance.

During thepast few months he has been working from this particular client’s 9,000sq ft westKensington mansion after she moved abroad, preparing its contents for sale. Thecollection 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).

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Hodsollsays this sale is a unique opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts alike. “Over 25 years my client has amassed a wonderful collection, ranging frompieces of serious provenance to the quirky and the fun. I very much doubt itwill take long before we are sold out completely.”

Pricesstart at little more than £100 and go up to about £400,000. The sale beginson Monday February 18 and continues for a month – unless everything sells more quickly than anticipated. Viewings are by appointment. Happy hunting…

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