Hindman’s Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts, and Silver Department specializes in English, American, and Continental European furniture, as well as decorative objects from the 17th through the late 19th century. Areas of focus include works from the Anglo-Indian and Chinese export trades, folk art, needlework, silver, metalware, ceramics, antique toys, tapestries, textiles, mirrors, lighting, clocks, bronze and marble sculpture, rugs, and antiquities from ancient Mediterranean, Roman, Egyptian, pre-Columbian and Middle Eastern civilizations.
The department offers 18th- and early 19th-century French furniture and decorative arts—including mirrors, clocks, candelabra, and chandeliers—as well as German, Austrian, Italian, Swedish, and Russian furniture and decorative arts from the Renaissance, Baroque, Gustavian, Empire and Biedermeier periods.
English oak, mahogany, satinwood, and gilded furniture from the William and Mary, Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency, and Edwardian periods is offered with related objects like paintings, ceramics, needlework, and folk art. The department also handles both American furniture and decorative arts reflecting the William and Mary, Queen Anne, Chippendale, Federal, Classical, Victorian, and Aesthetic styles, as well as paintings, ceramics, needlework, and folk art from the same periods.
Renowned firms and silversmiths whose work is featured in our sales include Cartier, Fabergé, Garrard & Co., Georg Jensen, Paul de Lamerie, Puiforcat, Paul Revere, Paul Storr, and Tiffany & Co. Small objects for practical use made from precious materials and adorned with gold, gemstones, or enamel include snuffboxes, cigarette cases, scent bottles, and desk ornaments.
Corbin Horn is the director and senior specialist of the Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts, and Silver 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.
Mike Intihar is a senior specialist in the Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts, and Silver Department at Hindman.
Mr. Intihar joined the firm in 1997, and he has expertise in 18th, 19th and early 20th-century Continental, English and American decorative arts and furniture. Mr. Intihar appraises and catalogues approximately 6,000 objects annually for auction and appraisal purposes, and he performs onsite appraisals at various appraisal fairs and events throughout the year. He attends international antique trade shows to assess the global demand for objects handled at auction and retail. Prior to working at Hindman, Mr. Intihar was a senior administrator for Sotheby’s, Chicago, and he began his career at Wolf’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Cleveland, Ohio.
Ben Fisher is a senior specialist in the Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts, and Silver 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 Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts and Silver department and also the Numismatics 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 Numismatics Department at Hindman, Mr. Coombs works closely with the Fine Furniture, Decorative Arts, and Silver 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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