Arts & Culture

Carly Paoli with Chelsea Pensioners of Royal Hospital Chelsea


The Vintage Magazine is delighted to report on a special performance by Carly Paoli for the Chelsea Pensioners at Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Carly Paoli, the rising star of the classical music world, performed a special concert for the Chelsea Pensioners on Friday 26th January 2018. The private performance, which took place in the Pensioners’ Club at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was a special preview of Carly’s forthcoming concert at Cadogan Hall on 15th February 2018.

“I often see the Pensioners out and about in Chelsea and wanted to invite them to my concert at Cadogan Hall in February. When I realised that, for some, it might be too difficult for mobility reasons I suggested taking the concert to them” said Carly. “It was a thrill and honour to perform for so many of the Pensioners, and to thank them for the contribution and sacrifice they have made for their country.”

 Carly Paoli signing for the Chelsea Pensioners at Royal Hospital


The acclaimed English singer – who can count Pope Francis and Prince Charles amongst her fans and who has sung, several times, with both Andrea Bocelli and José Carreras – performed a selection of familiar and iconic songs, including ‘A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square’, ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, as well as songs from her celebrated album ‘Singing My Dreams’.

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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.

Price: £35,000


Here are examples of pieces sold at Auction at Christies South Kensington, London in 2016 and 2017 which clearly indicate the increase in interest in Manuel Marin mobiles represented by the actual prices achieved against the estimated values.

Interiors Sale, lot 492 on 23rd November 2016  – a Ceiling Mobile measuring 76.3 cms x 152.4 cms was estimated to achieve £2,000-£3,000 but realised £15,000

Interiors Sale, lot 267 on 12th April 2016  – a Ceiling Mobile measuring 99 cms x 128.3 cms was estimated to achieve £2,000-£3,000 but realised £7,500

Interiors Sale, lot 279 on 19th July 2017  – a Ceiling Mobile measuring 109.3 cms x 132.2 cms was estimated to achieve £3,000-£5,000 but realised £10,625

Interiors Sale, lot 280 on 19th July 2017  – a Stabile (Floor Standing) Mobile measuring 47 cms x 99 cms was estimated to achieve £2,000-£4,000 but realised £12,500

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

Not so Boring Brown!


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 SOLD

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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