Some companies are built to star in the digital theater. Their online counterparts help drive their business and interest their customers, and their products align naturally with the Internet’s fast moving landscape. While some industries thrive in this environment, others retain a more classical model of success due to factors of specialty demographics and markets. The high-end antique field certainly fits this template, as it requires the guidance of experts and one-of-a-kind items that can only truly be appreciated in person. Carlton Hobbs of Carlton Hobbs, LLC has manned one of the most successful antique businesses for 30 years.
One of the world’s famed proprietors of priceless items, Hobbs’ collection includes everything from 1700s gilded mirrors to priceless oil paintings. His unrelenting standards of authenticity and preservation have resulted in negotiations with a host of major museums, among them the Musee de Louvre, The John Paul Getty Museum, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and The National Gallery of Greece. Additionally, the deep cultural and historical significance of Hobbs pieces frequently display in leading art and antique fairs. Most recently, he showed an acquired marble statue by famed 19th century sculptor Francesco Antonio Franzoni at TEFAF Maastricht.
When not serving larger institutions, Carlton Hobbs works with an elite group of clients who depend on him for his collection as well as his extensive scholarly understanding. Over 30 years in the business, Hobbs culled a library of more than 2,500 academic texts, which he consults in every deal.