When you learn that Peter Hone has spent his career as a museum guard, antiques dealer and expert plaster caster, his world, as illustrated above, begins to make sense.
Peter Hone’s home in Notting Hill is an absolute treasure chest of stone urns, neoclassical marble busts, Roman and Greek statuettes and 19th-century antiquities. It is a romantic feast for the eyes and soul. Commanding the center of his main living space is a cabana-striped circular table, one you might find in a parlor in Palm Beach or Cannes, breathing life into a room full of elegant objects. These objects he refers to as an “orphanage of things” transcribed in a piece written by Christie’s in October 2016. This collection – the orphanage – is rather fitting, as Peter was once an orphan himself. As the Christie’s piece notes, Peter is drawn to pieces with unusual stories, nurturing those that have been “left to stew” from a distant past. Dare I say, but in my ways, I identify with Peter’s need to nurture and collect.
The Peter Hone Collection was offered as part of the Interiors sale on 26 October at Christie’s South Kensington. Browse all lots from the sale here and be certain to read the magnificent piece by Christie’s here.