About Us

Oliver Hoare Ltd is an independent art gallery renowned for curated exhibitions featuring a wide and eclectic range of extraordinary objects.

Established in 1986 by the late Oliver Hoare (1945-2018) and now led by his son, Damian, and Ann Corne, both of whom worked alongside Oliver for many years, the business originally specialised in Islamic art. Oliver was widely recognised as one of the most influential art dealers in this field, advising a number of collectors and museums throughout the Middle East, as well as in Europe, the US and Japan.

More recently the gallery has hosted the acclaimed series of exhibitions titled Every Object Tells a Story showcasing diverse objects of exceptional quality alongside the extraordinary stories they have to tell; these have taken place at Ciancimino in Pimlico Road (2012), 33 Fitzroy Square (2015) and The Lavery Room at Cromwell Place (2017). Subsequent exhibitions include The Silk Road (2018) and An Exhibition of Music (2019), both of which continued to reveal the unexpected, unusual, interesting and often overseen.

The gallery has sold works of art to many of the world’s major museums including The Victoria & Albert Museum; The British Museum; 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.

We hold regular exhibitions and 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 and embracing his wider fascination with objects. This manifested itself in the Every Object Tells A Story series of exhibitions, an experience which drove Damian’s desire and understanding of presenting objects in a way that engages and stimulates. Most recently, he has presented The Silk Road (2018) and An Exhibition of Music (2019), continuing to progress his father’s legacy and to inspire new connections for those with an interest for extraordinary works of art and their stories.

Ann Corne and Damian Hoare, Oliver Hoare Ltd