A decorator quoted in the NY Times last Thursday descried the “boring brown” of English furniture and how John Hobbs seemed above all that. I love that put down, particularly by a decorator of note. It belies their understanding and their ability. There is boring brown in American, German, French, etc. furniture. There are also Opels and Ferraris. So what?
Hobbs understood the dilemma and unlike his decorator counterpart, he could see potential in almost any piece of furniture, or so Dennis Buggins, his “restorer” claims. What is hard to understand is just how all this million dollar furniture showed up at Hobbs’ out of the blue. In this day of non-stop information on the internet, you would think that some of his furniture would show up in some sale catalogue somewhere? I guess some of the decorators and agents who bought from him are sweating bullets. And so they should be.
I have to admit that it is human to want fantasy. Antique dealers will walk into salerooms from time to time and espy a piece at a distance and their blood will start to rush straight away. The mirror I tried to buy near Liverpool last year was like that, only it was real and cost a lot of money. You can forgive fantasy, but if you are spending your own money, you have to leave your fantasizing at the door. If you are spending someone else’s money, the fantasy has reality. That’s the problem.