The Telegraph Christmas Gifts

The Telegraph Christmas Gifts 2017

November 2017
Sir Terence Conran & Sophie Conran


Sir Terence Conran chooses Oliver Hoare’s ‘Every Object Tells a Story’ catalogue to give to his daughter Sophie, an interior designer, this Christmas.

“Sophie has exquisite taste, so I approach present-buying with a small amount of trepidation – and knowing she will uncover the most thoughtful presents for me only adds to the pressure… I try to come up with gifts that will appeal to her inquisitive mind.” – Sir Terence Conran

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Arts of Asia - August 2017

Arts of Asia Magazine

August 2017
Barbara Harding


This summer’s two main themes, “cross-collecting” and the need for a narrative, are precisely those initiatives pioneered by Oliver Hoare. His 2015 show, Every Object Tells a Story, created a sensation in the London art world and, two years later, he did it again. His 2017 exhibition retained the same title but was presented in South Kensington, at 5 Cromwell Place, running from 4th May to 5th July.

When it comes to breaking down cultural barriers no one can compete with Oliver Hoare. Here, cheek by jowl, were Man Ray’s famous lips lithograph, a bronze Siberian tattooed man more than 2000 years old, a haunting Lele dance maks from the Congo, and ammonite fossil at least 250 million years old, a magnificent Safavid Qur’an, and much, much more… The show was augmented by an inspired programme of lectures, musical evenings and events for young people. I found that several visits were required, with periods of reflection between. Once again, Oliver Hoare’s erudite catalogue, laced with wit and wisdom, is something to be treasured.

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Tatler - June 2017

Tatler

June 2017
Josh Spero


Leaving a friend’s house in the country recently, I saw what I never see in London – stars. Belts of them, bright constellations to which humans have given grand names and patterns. I was awestruck – just like this stargazer, clasping his knees to his chest and tilting his head towards the heavens in amazement. The tiny Mexican hard-stone sculpture speaks to anyone who has ever glanced skywards and felt infinitely small.

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K&C Magazine - June 2017

K & C Magazine

June 2017
Rebecca Wallersteiner


Cabinet of Curiosities

From 4 May, Islamic art specialist Oliver Hoare will show his latest exhibition dedicated to rare and curious objects from 5,000 years of civilisation. Highlights include a 13th-century drinking vessel bearing the seal of Mongke Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, a silver skull pomander believed to be have been owned by King James II, and a 2,000-year-old Mexican stargazer.

These will be displayed in the former studio of the artist Sir John Lavery, R.A., who occupied the space from 1899 until his death and hosted celebrated sitters, including King George V, Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.

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Financial Times - June 2017

The Financial Times

June 2017
Susan Moore, Art Historian and critic


Slow art: A return to old-fashioned virtues

Art historian and critic Susan Moore explains her quest for proper ways of looking at art Slow Art Workshop — SAW — emerged out of fury. On the way to the European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht in March, this usually mild-mannered art-critic-cum-saleroomcolumnist was seething to learn of Christie’s decision to close its South Kensington operations.

South Ken was an Aladdin’s cave, a bustling and slightly shabby saleroom offering a wide and eccentric range of works of art and collectibles to those who do not have a fortune to spend. It was the sort of place where you could rummage around and pick things up, or wait patiently at the front counter to ask an expert about something modest that you had brought along. It fostered the next generation of collectors.

Hour-long workshops courtesy of dealers and auction houses — encounters with anything from medieval Spanish works of art to paintings by Morandi — launch on June 20 when Professor Osmund Bopearachchi presents Indus Valley material at Oliver Hoare’s Every Object Tells a Story exhibition.

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Antiquariato - June 2017

Antiquariato

June 2017
Monica Magnani


The Guardian - 5 May 2017

The Guardian

5 May 2017
Maev Kennedy


Curious collection claims to show proof of unicorns

The art dealer Oliver Hoare believes in unicorns and is providing a wealth of material and documentary evidence at an exhibition that he believes should convince any sceptic.

He rejects the idea that the fabulous objects making up his collection, including a walking stick “made of unicorn horn” and a silver-tipped specimen dating from the 16th century, are merely the tusks of narwhals: “It is axiomatic that you cannot perceive something in which you do not believe.”

In the exhibition, which opened yesterday in Sir John Lavery’s former painting studio in London, there are sculptures, seals and engravings representing unicorns across millennia.

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China Collections Article

China Collections

May 2017


Country Life - 26 April 2017

Country Life

26 April 2017
Huon Mallalieu


Two years ago, the private dealer Oliver Hoare offered a wonderful show, ‘Every Object Tells a Story’ (Country Life, June 10, 2015), which attracted more than 10,000 visitors to an impressive house in Fitzroy Square. From May 4 to July 5, he will be at 5 Cromwell Place, London SW7 with about 400 strange, wonderful and beautiful objects and more stories to go with them. They span five millennia and represent countless civilisations, each selected on the basis of their back stories and historical interest.

There will be a 13th-century silver drinking vessel bearing the seal of Mongke Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, who ruled the Mongol Empire at its peak; a silver skull pomander believed to have been owned by James II; a rare group of votive figures from ancient Bactria; a 2,000-year-old Mexican stargazer; and sections dedicated to magic, myths, meteorites, sex and unicorns.

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Financial Times - 8 April 2017

The Financial Times

8 April 2017


The man who brought his dodo obsession to London’s collectors in 2015 is now throwing his weight behind unicorns. The Islamic art dealer Oliver Hoare opens the second iteration of his predominantly selling exhibition Every Object Tells a Story at 5 Cromwell Place in London from May 4. The 400 pieces from about 3000BC to 2016 included items related to what most believe to be a mythical beast.

Hoare begs to differ, coining the term “unicorn-deniers” in the catalogue, which is due to go online this week. Among the items is a 2.07 meter “Unicorn’s Horn” (northern Europe, 1427-1618), priced at £55,000. For the deniers out there, more believable objects include a 16th-century engraving, “The Unicorn Purifies the Water with his Horn” by Jean Duvet (£52,000), and an onyx sculpture of a unicorn by Michael Cooper (2016, £17,000).

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Chelsea Life - April 2017

Chelsea Life

April 2017


Oliver Hoare is proud to present Every Object Tells a Story, a public exhibition dedicated to approximately 400 rare and fascinating objects spanning five millennia and representing countless civilisations, each selected on the basis of their backstory and historical interest.

Leading highlights and curiosities of the exhibition include a 13th century silver drinking vessel bearing the seal of Mongke Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan and ruler of the Mongol dynasty at its peak; an exceptional group of objects from the Indus Valley civilisation, probably the finest in private hands; a silver skull pomander believed to have been owned by King James II; a rare group of votive figures from ancient Bactria; a 2000-year old Mexican stargazer; and sections dedicated to magic, sex, myths, meteorites and unicorns.

The exhibition will take place in the former studio of the artist Sir John Lavery, R.A. (1856-1941) who occupied the space from 1899 until his death, during which time he hosted celebrated sitters including King George V, Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde.  It follows on from the success of the previous edition held in Fitzroy Square in 2015 which showed approximately 250 objects, from Gandhara sculptures to a Dodo bone, and which welcomed more than 10,000 visitors.

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Arts of Asia - Feb 2017

Arts of Asia Magazine

February 2017
Robin Markbreiter, Publisher and Editor


I am now looking forward to several spectacular and enjoyable art events in the months ahead, and would like to mention two shows in particular. Oliver Hoare will be presenting a new edition of “Every Object Tells a Story”, a public exhibition on view from May 4th to July 5th, 2017 at 5 Cromwell Place, London. The exhibition comprises approximately 400 unusual and interesting objects spanning five millennia that represent multiple civilisations; each has been carefully selected on the basis of its backstory and historical interest.

Highlights include a 13th century silver drinking vessel bearing the seal of Mongke Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan and ruler of the Mongol dynasty at its peak; an exceptional group of objects from the Indus Valley civilisation, probably the finest in private hands; a silver skull pomander believed to have been owned by King James II; a rare group of votive figures from ancient Bactria; a 2000-year old Mexican stargazer; and there are also sections dedicated to magic, sex, myths, meteorites and unicorns.

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