Arts & Culture

Very Large Ceiling Mobile By Manuel Marin 5 metres by 3 metres

Hanging Mobile by Manuel Marin measuring an impressive 5 metres x 2.5 metres

Manuel Marin Mobiles have been setting record prices at Auction, as demand continues to increase for the work of this iconic Spanish Sculptor,

Most  hanging mobiles by Manuel Marin Mobile measure between 1 metre and 1.5 metres, but an exceptionally large one is for sale through Objects of Desire in association with The Vintage Magazine. This magnificent example of Manuel Marin’s mobiles measures an impressive 5 metres by 2.5 metres.

This represents a unique opportunity to acquire a most stunning piece of mobile sculpture by Manuel Marin.

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Established in 1981 by Charles Wallrock. Previous suppliers of Harrods for over 22 years.

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Wick Antiques Ebony Amboyna Stained Boxwood and Burr Walnut Occasional Table by John C J Atkins London

Detail: An ebony, amboyna, stained boxwood and burr walnut occasional table,
John C J Atkins, Regent St, London, c1850. £2,450

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It is generally acknowledged that some of the very finest Chess Sets ever made, were those made by Jaques of London and of these, the ‘crème de la crème’, and therefore very rare, are the Deluxe Club Chess sets containing a set of Staunton Ivory Chessmen.  In fact we can confidently state that to the best of our knowledge there is not another one of the same quality for sale anywhere in the world at present.  Our assessment of its rarity and value is supported by the Certificate of Authenticity issued by Joe Jaques, of Jaques of London (see this certificate, reproduced at the end of this presentation)

According to an advertisement in the Illustrated London News dated September 8, 1849, the first Jaques Staunton pattern sets were available in the finest African ivory (5 guineas)”. We can date this set to circa 1852 so it is a rare survivor and in excellent condition, considering its age.

Spanish Mahogany Brass Bound edges chess Staunton set box by J. Jaques of London
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Objects of Desire and The Vintage Magazine are delighted to be working closely with Alastair Dickenson who is best-known for his appearances as the Silver expert on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.  Alastair has created a superb collection of forty five original silver objects associated with the sports of hunting, shooting, fishing and polo.

Over several decades of dealing in Antique Silver he has often had enquiries about silver relating to outdoor pursuits.  For this reason he has produced a book based on hunting, shooting and fishing but have included a small collection of items connected to other outdoor activities.  These include finely modelled animals and birds that would make ideal presents but every piece in this collection has been chosen for its rarity and quality

See a selection of these superb pieces below and please contact us at
or for a catalogue and price list to see the complete collection and arrange to view the pieces.

Alternatively please telephone  00 44 1962 771336

Pieces range from £275 to £18,500, and would make wonderful Christmas presents.

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Objects of Desire Platinum Breguet Watch Vizagapatam Chess Set Elizabethan Tigerware Jug Georgian Silver Wine Cooler Baetens Timepiece

Objects of Desire’ has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary as an independent broker of fine art and antiques, including antique clocks and vintage watches.  We are delighted to be offering the following items which may solve that old problem of what to buy for the person who has everything:-.

A rare Platinum watch with ‘Tourbillon’, by Breguet – SOLD

A Vizagapatam Ivory and Horn Chess and Backgammon Set

A rare 18th century Table Wine Cooler in solid silver

A very rare Elizabethan ‘Tigerware’ Jug Circa 1580 – SOLD

A superb and rare Victorian cast silver gilt Stirrup Cup circa 1871

A Regency Ormolu and Patinated Bronze Mantel Clock by F. Baetens

We will be pleased to show these items to you by arrangement and to answer any questions you may have about their origins, condition and provenance.  Please contact Robert Jarman on

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The trend for “cross-collecting” (see my previous piece on Masterpiece) continues unabated, and as should be expected of the talented crew at Frieze, the Frieze Masters fair gives us a masterclass. For those interested in tracking differences between art fairs, Frieze Masters selection is across history, but in the main limited to paintings and works of art and excluding furniture and jewellery. Of course go far enough back and the differences between art and antiques starts to blur.

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I started ‘OBJECTS OF DESIRE’ ten years ago this summer, as a brokerage offering clients the opportunity to buy and/or sell works of art privately, and to accept commissions to find works by specific artists, and during that time we are delighted to have bought, and/or sold, many works of Art for our clients.

So, we thought it would be fun to mark this Anniversary by recalling various amusing stories about specific deals, without divulging the identity of the clients, so here are some ‘Tales of Sales’.

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