Carlton Hobbs: Turning Beauty Into Business
Some vocational paths are easily measured: by certain milestones, or the completion of specific seminars and educational benchmarks, or customer population growth, or profit accrued. Others may require different standards of evaluation, as their craft requires a greater degree of nuance and specialized understanding. The antiques arena is one such field, built upon a careful balance of delicacy, intuition, and history. In this world, entrepreneur and dealer Carlton Hobbs has sat at the forefront since the 1980s.
Specializing in items from the 17th century through the 19th century, Carlton Hobbs offers a select group of clients immaculately preserved pieces with rich histories. His collection, which frequently boasts objects of royal or aristocratic pedigree, often appeals to museums; past deals include those with The National Gallery of Greece, The John Paul Getty Museum, The Bowes Museum, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and elsewhere. Passionate about educating the public, Hobbs also displays in a wealth of prestigious art and antique fairs, among them TEFAF Maastricht, the Grosvenor House in London, and the Biennale.
Since founding his antiques business in 1983, Hobbs joined forces with Stefanie Rinza and established the business’ home in the Vanderbilt Mansion. The 20,000 square foot space holds a resource library of more than 2,500 scholarly texts surrounding era and artistry, as well as the internationally respected collection of mirrors, tables, artworks, chairs, and much else. Carlton Hobbs maintains close ties with his industry as a member of the British Antique Dealers Association and the Art and Antique Dealers League of America.