Objects of Desire Gallery

The fine three train triple fusee movement having verge escapement with short brass bob pendulum and knife edge suspension with a nest of eight bells being struck each quarter by eight brass headed hammers and sounding the hours upon a further and larger bell via the rack and snail striking system and having pull repeat function with profusely engraved floral backplate with large open cartouche signed for the maker, James Smith London with simple yet engraved apron to the backplate. Read more…

James Smith Red Lacquer Automaton Table Clock

An imposing early 19th century English gilt bronze and slate mantel timepiece by Vulliamy, London, numbered 1921 surmounted by a well cast figure of an eagle looking to the left with wings raised sitting astride a flaming branch on the drum case, flanked by a pair of monumental lions each on its own plinth and with front claws overhanging the edges, the plinth base further set with a male mask issuing foliage, the signed 5 inch silvered dial signed between XI and I with dot numeral markers and engine turned centre, with eccentric moon hands, the movement with circular plates united by four turned tapering pillars and with chain fusee to Vulliamy’s typical half dead-beat escapement, with rise and fall regulation. Read more…

An Imposing English Mantel Timepiece

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Objects of Desire’ is a brokerage, which acts for sellers and buyers of Fine Art and Antiques, and offers a discreet and efficient service.

It is owned and managed by Robert Jarman, who, as a former part owner, and Managing Director of Debrett’s Peerage Limited, published numerous catalogues for major Museum Exhibitions in the UK and the USA, and many books on Fine Art and Antiques.

As a result of these activities he met a wide range of important collectors of paintings, and other works of art, and their advisers, dealers, and the curators of their collections, as well as Museum Directors.

His business, ‘Objects of Desire’ works closely with the leading experts in each field, and specialises in the following areas:

British and European paintings, from Old Masters to the Impressionists and Post Impressionists, Modern and Contemporary Art. We also have a good selection of British Sporting Art, and Marine Paintings

Russian paintings and other works of art including Russian bronzes, and works by Carl Faberge, as well as other items with strong Russian provenance. We have a close working relationship with one of the UK’s leading dealers in Russian Art

18th and 19th Century British Furniture, including Georgian and Regency dining tables, and chairs, occasional tables, serving tables, cabinets, commodes, and candelabra etc. All the items we offer for sale have been inspected and verified by leading experts in their field

20th Century Silver dealing in works by all the leading designers and silversmiths, including Georg Jensen, Jean Puiforcat, Tiffany, Boucheron, Cartier, and Carl Faberge. Robert Jarman co-founded, and retains an interest in the Silver Fund Limited, which is the world’s leading dealer in Estate, ‘vintage’ Georg Jensen silver; (see their website at www.thesilverfund.com)

Antique Silver. We have a special relationship with one of Britain’s foremost dealers in antique silver, who has handled some of the finest antique silver for the past 25 years. They pride themselves on holding one of the finest selections of 16th, 17th, and 18th century English silver available globally on the market today, from the perspective of rarity, design and condition. We also deal with some of the most important private collectors of antique and modern silver.

The finest Antique Clocks and Barometers by the leading English and European makers, including Daniel Quare, Thomas Tompion, Joseph Knibb, George Graham, Abraham Louis Breguet, Ferdinand Berthoud etc. We work closely with Gerald Marsh, who is one of Britain’s leading Horologists, with an international clientele, having acted for, or dealt with, many of the world’s greatest clock collectors.

‘Objects of Desire’ has an impressive client base of discerning individuals who are keen to acquire various important paintings and other works of art, and a similar database of established collectors and private owners, who, from time to time, wish to sell various items quietly and discreetly. We act as broker to these two groups.

We also pride ourselves on being able to procure paintings by specific artists, and other works of art, which are not otherwise available, often from private collections.

We charge a commission of 10%, based on the net invoice value of a successful transaction, and this is normally payable by the vendor, unless we have been retained by the prospective purchaser to find a specific item, in which case we charge both seller and buyer the same commission.

Clients only pay us on completion of a sale, unless we agree a retainer to find a specific painting or work of art, or works by a specific artist.

One of the reasons our clients use our services is that they can be assured of complete discretion, and sales are concluded quietly and confidentially. We are also used to dealing with our client’s art advisers, and/or professional assessors, whom they retain to confirm the authenticity and value of proposed purchases, and we have never had an item rejected.

‘Objects of Desire’  works closely with some of the UK’s leading interior designers, including some specialist designers of interiors for boats and planes, and we are pleased to act on their behalf, in procuring paintings, prints, furniture, silver, clocks, and other works of art to complement their design schemes.

We offer these clients a Fine Art Consultancy Service, and procure paintings and other works of art for their yachts, and planes. We also offer a delivery service to various Mediterranean ports including Monte Carlo, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, St Tropez, Porto Cervo in Sardinia, and Palma, Mallorca.

Interesting Opportunities.  The financial crises of the past few years, and the resulting uncertain economic climate have created some very interesting opportunities for clients to acquire some important paintings and other works of art at extremely advantageous prices, and we pride ourselves on finding these opportunities for our clients.

To summarise, ‘Objects of Desire’ offers a personal and discreet service to sellers and buyers of fine paintings and other works of art, who prefer to avoid the expense and exposure of selling and/or buying at auction, or through a high profile dealer.

For further information and access please contact:

Robert Jarman

Objects of Desire

The Old Milk Parlour,

Preshaw Estate,

Upham, Hants, SO32 1SU

Tel: 00 44 (0)1962 793134

Mobile: 00 44 (0)7711 167832

Email: robert.jarman@objectsofdesirecollection.co.uk


Artist:                   George Stubbs (1724 – 1806)

Title:                     Portrait of a Gentleman upon a Grey Hunter

Medium:               Oil on panel

Size:                       24 x 28 inches.

Details:                  Inscribed ‘Geo. Stubbs 1781’ lower right.

Price: £2,900,000

Exceptional examples of George Stubbs work rarely appear on the open market and when they do they will be fiercely contested.  One of his works sold recently at Sotheby’s London, for £22 million (twenty two million pounds)

at auction in 2011 (see attached article).

‘I feel that the ‘Portrait of a Gentleman on a Grey Hunter’ is an exceptionally fine and well executed example with fantastic provenance.  This is one of the finest works I have ever seen by George Stubbs’ – Steven Beale. Co-owner Trinity House Paintings


Basil Taylor, Stubbs, 1971, p211, pl88; Catalogue Raisonné by Judy Egerton 2007, p446 & p447, No 229; George Stubbs published by Tate Gallery publications.  Illustrated on page 164.


Robert Nesham (his administrators);  Christies, 23 July 1928, Lot 153 (1,000 Guineas to Ellis and Smith); Ackermann 1929; Mrs Robert Emmer, Paris; Mrs St Clair Balfour, Hamilton, Ontario; John Alistair Campbell, Alberta, Canada, from whom purchased by Mr. Paul Mellon, KBE, 1964 and presented to the Yale Centre, for British Art, 1977.


London Royal Academy, Painting in England 1700-1850 from the collection of Mr & Mrs Paul Mellon 12 December 1964 – 28 February 1965, no. 264

New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England 1700 – 1850 from the collection of Mr & Mrs Paul Mellon, 15 April – 20 June 1965, no. 176 Tate Gallery, London, George Stubbs 1724 – 1806, 13 February – 7 April 1985, no.122.

Biography: George Stubbs was born in 1724 and is perhaps the most important sporting artist of all time. Stubbs made his name through his remarkable capacity to portray the anatomy, muscle structure and movement of the horse.

He acquired this talent after extensive travels to study the work of Renaissance Masters in Italy and his own learned researches in what he called his ‘equine pathological laboratory’, where dead horses were suspended from the ceiling for dissection.
The result of his labours was perhaps the greatest book in racing literature, The Anatomy of the Horse, which was published in 1766 and which changed the world of equestrian art for ever with its emphasis on precise anatomical detail.
Stubbs’ enormous talents were soon recognised and he began a series of classic pictures for great patrons, mainly featuring relaxed friezes of mares and foals, hunters at grass and thoroughbreds out in the paddocks with their jockeys or stable lads

Paul Mellon and Mellon Bank – The Yale Center for

British Art

George Stubbs is regarded as one of the best horse painters of all time and fine examples rarely appear on the open market.  Our example has been in a private collection for many years and with exceptional provenance which can be traced back to 1928.

During that time one of George Stubbs’ most famous collectors was Paul Mellon KBE, who was a thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder and co-heir to Mellon Bank.

In 1957, his family were in the top eight richest families in America and in 1964, Paul Mellon acquired the ‘Portrait of a Gentleman upon a Grey Hunter’.

Paul Mellon was responsible for setting up the Yale Center for British Art, to which he donated a large proportion of his collection.

Mellon was highly supportive of causes that advanced the preservation of horses, including the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. That organization allocates grants towards specific research projects for the safety, welfare, longevity and improvement of life for race horses.

He donated the $1 million bonus that Sea Hero won in the Chrysler Triple Crown Challenge to the United States Jockey Club’s Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Furthermore he requested that double that amount be raised in response to his donation. That goal was met during the 1995–1996 fiscal year. Upon his death he left yet another $2.5 million to the Foundation’s endowment.

George Stubbs - Portrait of a Gentleman upon a Grey


George Stubbs - Portrait of a Gentleman upon a Grey


Britannia leading White Heather, off the Needles

Oil on board

Size: 36 x 60 ins / 91.44 x 152.40 cms


PRICE: £45,000


Private Collection, United Kingdom

Biographical Details

The artist was born in Huddersfield, in 1947.

Although interested in art, and gifted artistically from an early age, Renard chose to attend teachers training college at Liverpool University, finally graduating with a degree in the natural sciences

During his three years at training college, he developed a passionate interest in sailing.

Leaving his teaching profession behind, Renard then made his living as a portrait artist, taking lessons in ink drawing and becoming a freelance illustrator.

Purchasing a boat in the early 80’s, he taught himself to sail and at that stage, painted ships as a hobby

Since then, he has concentrated on yachting subjects and in addition, has been asked to work as the in-house artist for the Royal Thames Yacht Club. (For his first commission, he produced a painting of the Spithead review, honouring the birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.)

He is now regarded as one of the leading painters of yachting subjects and his work is held in many private and corporate collections worldwide.

For further information, or to arrange a viewing, please contact

Robert Jarman at ‘Objects of Desire’ Tel: 01962 793134 

1969 Renard framed

1969 Renard framed

Stephen Renard

Whirlwind being passed by Enterprise to windward, with Yankees Weetamoe; America’s Cup Selection 1930

Oil on canvas

Canvas size: 28.25 x 42 ins / 71.75 x 106.68 cms

Signed lower right, inscribed verso to stretcher


Stephen Renard was born in Huddersfield in 1947. Although he was interested in art, and clearly gifted artistically from an early age, he chose to go to teachers training college at Liverpool University, concentrating on the sciences.

After an initial career as a teacher, he became a professional portrait artist and supplemented his income as an illustrator of children’s comics. In 1981 he bought a boat and developed his love of the sea and sailing. He turned to painting sailing ships and his work quickly became very popular with marine art enthusiasts and art dealers.

Stephen Renard is presently regarded as one of the world’s leading painters of yachting subjects and is widely acknowledged as one of the most rapidly rising commercial successes in this field.

In addition, he was asked to work for the Royal Thames Yacht Club, and, for his first commission, he produced a painting of the Spithead Review, honouring the birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. His work continues to be in constant demand from collectors and dealers around the world, and his painstakingly accurate oils have continued to prove to be sound investments.

For further information contact: Robert Jarman on: 01962 793134

2016 Renard Framed

2016 Renard Framed