About Us

We are an independent gallery established in 1986 by the late Oliver Hoare (1945-2018) renowned for dealing in exceptional works of art, and for curated exhibitions featuring a wide and eclectic range of extraordinary objects.

Throughout its history the gallery has assisted in realising the ambitions of leading institutions and collectors, and has sold works of art to many of the world’s major museums, including: The Victoria & Albert Museum & The British Museum, London; The Louvre, Paris; The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The David Collection, Copenhagen; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Al-Sabah Collection, The National Museum of Kuwait; The Nurhad Es-Said Collection, Beirut; The King Faisal Foundation, Saudi Arabia; and many others.

Our acclaimed exhibitions include the Every Object Tells a Story series which showcased diverse objects alongside the extraordinary stories they have to tell. These took place at Ciancimino in Pimlico Road (2012), 33 Fitzroy Square (2015) and The Lavery Room at Cromwell Place (2017). More recent exhibitions include The Silk Road (2018), An Exhibition of Music (2019) and The Natural World (2021), all of which continued to reveal the unexpected, unusual, interesting and often overseen.

We welcome visitors to our London gallery all year round.

Ann Corne

Ann first met Oliver in 1995 whilst studying Archaeology & Anthropology at Cambridge before joining the company in 1997.  She started her career as assistant to Oliver at a time during which he acted as advisor to Sheikh Saud al-Thani and his vision for the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.  In recent years Ann has played a key role in staging the Every Object Tells A Story series and The Silk Road, applying her own unique skills and experience to direct the business as it extended its strengths into a new era.

Damian Hoare

Damian started working for the company at a time when his father was branching out from a long-term focus on Islamic art to embrace his wider interests. This manifested itself in the Every Object Tells A Story trilogy of exhibitions which showcased objects of outstanding quality and interest from the full spectrum of art history. More recently he has presented The Silk Road (2018), An Exhibition of Music (2019) and The Natural World (2021). He continues to progress his father’s legacy within the dealership, inspiring new connections to those with an interest in high quality and engaging works of art.