Hindman’s European Furniture & Decorative Arts department specializes in English and Continental furniture as well as ceramics, sculpture, lighting, clocks, glass, tapestries and Chinese exports from the 17th through the early 20th century.
The department offers 18th and early 19th century French furniture, works of art and related objects as well as German, Austrian, Italian, Swedish and Russian furniture from the Renaissance, Baroque, Gustavian, Empire and Biedermeier periods.
English oak, walnut, mahogany, satinwood, painted and gilded furniture from the William & Mary, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Edwardian periods is offered with related paintings, ceramics, needlework and more.
Renowned firms and silversmiths whose work is featured in our sales include Cartier, Fabergé, Garrard & Co., George Jensen, Paul de Lamerie, Paul Revere, Puiforcat, Paul Storr, Tiffany & Co. and many others.
The department also specializes in small objects for practical use made from precious materials and adorned with gold, gemstones or enamel, including snuffboxes, cigarette cases, scent bottles and desk ornaments.
Bronze and marble sculpture from the 17th through the early 20th century are included in this category. Works may be signed or unsigned and are offered in a range of size from diminutive to monumental.
Hindman offers hand-woven rugs and carpets dating from the 15th to the mid-20th century and made throughout Europe and Central Asia.
Corbin Horn is the director and senior specialist of the Furniture & Decorative Arts department at Hindman.
Mr. Horn joined the firm in 2009, and he has directed hundreds of sales of important collections, including those of Lilly Pulitzer, Lord Anthony and Lady Jacobs, Lars Bolander, and Villa Massei in Lucca, Italy. He has also achieved record results for consignments from institutions, including the Toledo Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, and Minnesota Historical Society. Mr. Horn gives lectures about various topics within the decorative arts to collectors’ groups and social organizations, and he is a member of the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago and the governing board of the Chicago International Film Festival.
Ben Fisher is a senior specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts department at Hindman.
Mr. Fisher rejoined the firm in 2019 after working as a specialist in the American Furniture and Folk Art department at Sotheby’s New York. His areas of expertise include 18th, 19th and 20th Century American, Continental and English furniture, decorative and folk art. He had previously worked for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as the Head of Sale in the Asian Works of Art department, while also being a specialist in the Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts department, as well as the Modern Design department. Prior to joining Hindman in 2013, Mr. Fisher worked in European Furniture and Decorative Arts in Philadelphia. He began his career working for a prints dealer focusing on works from the 16th through the 20th Centuries.
Nick Coombs is a specialist in the Furniture & Decorative Arts department and also the Coins, Medals & Banknotes department at Hindman.
Prior to joining Hindman in 2014, Mr. Coombs worked for PCGS Currency in Peoria, Illinois, where he was responsible for the grading and authentication of paper money. This enabled him to travel to dozens of coin and currency shows a year and develop a lifelong passion for numismatics. In addition to heading the Coins, Medals & Banknotes department at Hindman, Mr. Coombs works closely with Furniture & Decorative Arts department and has directed auctions for philatelics, memorabilia, scientific instruments, and fountain pens. He received a BA in art history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master of letters in art and art world practice from the University of Glasgow.
“A fine period chest with glowing color and original brasses, from the celebrated dealers Jeremy of London.”
“A monument of fanciful carving.”
“John and William Cary’s London firm made the greatest globes of late 18th- and early 19th-century England.”
“The iconic image of the nude Venus preparing to bathe, from its origins in antiquity.”
“Possibly the work of André-Charles Boulle himself, the most famous French cabinetmaker in history.”
“This Georgian tureen was made shortly after the discovery of the Warwick Vase, an ancient Roman marble vessel discovered at Hadrian’s Villa in 1771.”
“A wonderful timepiece in stellar condition.”
“This massive sculpture was so elaborately carved that even the back of it featured a barely-noticeable, subtle flip of the fabric in the hem of the girl’s dress.”
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