Peter Hone Collection at Christie’s Interiors Sale


Of all the auctions this month, none could be more charming than the Christie’s Interiors Sale of the Hone Collection in their South Kensington outpost. Many of you will recognize the interiors of Christian House, Peter Hone’s Soane-like London home, as he and his home have been profiled many times over the years.

peter-hone-collection-at-christiesAs he de-accesses his eclectic collection of “marble busts, architectural fragments, antiquities, early Coade stone sculptures, pictures, photography and porcelain,” a piece of history could have been yours (auction is ending as I write), with a backstory almost as interesting as the object.

peter-hone-at-christies-londonPeter became a “master plaster caster” after a circuitous route, with a career including chef, barman, museum guard and antiques dealer. But he is also an inveterate collector of art and antiquities, begun when he managed the architectural antiques shop for Lord Jacob Rothschild at Clifton Nurseries, which he helped to open and ran for 15 years.

peter-hone-summer-bedroomphotos above, Christies

Today, timed to celebrate Hone’s 75th birthday, Christie’s sold his collection, helping the collector/artist to move on to the next stage in his “grand narrative.” ‘The stories are more important than anything else,’ Hone explains. “I rescue all these objects and take them into my orphanage of things,” an apt description, considering that he himself was left at an orphanage during WWII at only six months old. “It’s all part of the secret history of it all. Which I like.”

peter-hone-notting-hillWhile his treasures will move on to have new stories – a peek at a couple that were in the auction, below – Peter will be working on his new project of turning his home into a grisaille sensation with walls covered with his own plaster cast creations, currently available through Pentreath & Hall in London. We all have that to look forward to as it will most certainly be chronicled in its gray and white glory.



5 thoughts on “Peter Hone Collection at Christie’s Interiors Sale

  1. I have always loved his home. Ben Pentreath did a post about him a while ago that was lovely. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration on this foggy Tuesday morning.
    xo, Lissy

  2. These photos filled me with delight on this gray day. I am a huge fan of Sir John Soane’s house and visit it once or twice every time I’m in London–which isn’t often enough.

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