Carlton Hobbs


Carlton Hobbs specializes in the acquisition, conservation, and research of 17th, 18th and 19th century British and Continental furniture and works of art, with a focus on pieces of exceptional merit, including specially commissioned items with royal or aristocratic provenance and pieces designed by architects. Mr. Hobbs is a globally respected dealer in antiques who is well-known for his academic approach to the acquisition of historically significant pieces. Now headquartered in New York, he runs his gallery, Carlton Hobbs LLC, together with his longtime business partner, Stefanie Rinza, a graduate of Harvard Business School and former employee of McKinsey and Co., in London. Recognizing the importance of provenance, maker and artistic content, the company created a research department that has since developed into what is now one of the most comprehensive specialist antiques archives of several thousand books and source materials. Mr. Hobbs publishes the company’s research in a series of scholarly catalogues and descriptions to share his findings with a broad academic community and to demonstrate the extent to which Carlton Hobbs researches provenance, maker and artistic content for each piece in his gallery’s collection.

Here is a San Francisco Fall Antiques Show preview from Carlton Hobbs:


A set of six very rare silk Louis XIV panels painted with fanciful scenes displaying a range of fashionable costumes and activities.
French, circa 1685. 

This set of six panels is datable to the 1680s and, being of such a delicate and fragile medium, is a remarkable survival of the French art of painting on silk. They may originally have been incorporated into a decorative scheme as wall panels, or formed folds of a screen. At this time such screens were certainly popular in the bedrooms and boudoirs of fashionable French ladies and the panels’ appeal to this demographic would have been intensified by their subject matter; figures largely based on French fashion plates, showing superbly dressed ladies and gentlemen in beautiful gardens, undertaking modish pastimes like drinking chocolate or tea, playing games and sitting at their dressing table or à la toilette. However the late seventeenth century was also when such pieces began to be set into walls, as approaches to interior decoration became increasingly integrated. Painted silks are often mentioned in French seventeenth and eighteenth century inventories, where they are referred to as Pekin Peint, hinting at the Chinese origin of the technique, but survivals are rare, especially ones in the excellent condition of the present examples. 


An extraordinary polychrome painted and parcel gilt cabinet with reliefs depicting apothecarial and antiquarian objects in various media.
Probably Italian, first half of the twentieth century. 

This unusual cabinet is mounted with polychrome carved reliefs and trompe l’oeil appliqués depicting apothecarial and antiquarian objects, imitating what might be found in the study of an eccentric collector or scholar, or even an alchemist. The door and side panels of the cabinet simulate shelves, each containing a curious combination of books, apothecary jars, and objets d'art.


Carlton Hobbs will be at booth #1.