Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Howard Hodgkin. Portrait of the Artist

“I have absolutely no desire to collect my own work,  but do have what with age seems an almost unquenchable thirst for acquiring others things to look at” Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017)

Howard Hodgkin life-long passion for collecting started early when as a child he began assembling what would eventually become an extensive and important collection of Indian art. But he didn’t stop there. Over the course of seven decades, his interests widened impressively. A glance at the inventory of the estate he left after his recent death in March 2017 reveals a bewildering diversity. In addition to Indian art, his eclectic taste extended to the wider field of Islamic art: modern British paintings, tapestries, rugs and carpets: sculpture, prints; furniture; antiquities; ceramics and glass: and least, a library, situated under his studio, containing an astonishing array of archives and books.

“He believed in what he called ‘Costume jewellery for the home’: objects with little apparent, practical use that excited the eye in unexpected ways…” Antony Peattie

 

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin’s London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

 

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

Howard Hodgkin's London home

400 of this fascinating pieces will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on 24 October. See below some of my favourite lots.

Fragment from the Von Hirsch Garden Carpet. Northwest Persia, 17th century. Howard Hodgkin's collection.

Fragment from the Von Hirsch Garden Carpet. Northwest Persia, 17th century

 

Exotic Chinoiserie landscape tapestry. France, Aubusson. Mid 18th century.

Exotic Chinoiserie landscape tapestry. France, Aubusson. Mid 18th century.

 

 

'Emperor Akbar Riding an elephant on a hunting expedition' Mughal, early 17th century

‘Emperor Akbar Riding an elephant on a hunting expedition’ Mughal, early 17th century

 

Iznik Pottery tile with pomegranates. Turkey, c.1580-1620

Iznik Pottery tile with pomegranates. Turkey, c.1580-1620

 

 

De-Luxe Tailors, Bhupen Khakhar. 1972

De-Luxe Tailors, Bhupen Khakhar. 1972

 

Scallop shell crested oval frame. In the manner of William Kent. 18th century

Scallop shell crested oval frame. In the manner of William Kent. 18th century

 

Single niche (qanat) tent panel. Mughal India, possibly Jaipur. Probably 17th/18th century.

Single niche (qanat) tent panel. Mughal India, possibly Jaipur. Probably 17th/18th century.

 

 

Italian mirror. 18th century

Italian mirror. 18th century

 

Upholstered sofa. East Caucasus. The Soumakh circa 1870. The sofa victorian.

Upholstered sofa. East Caucasus. The Soumakh circa 1870. The sofa victorian.

 

 

Rococo Wall bracket. Germany. 18th century

Rococo Wall bracket. Germany. 18th century

 

 

Carved Jali screen. India 18th century

Carved Jali screen. India 18th century

 

Images: Sotheby’s

Jib Doors

Is there something more whimsical, unexpected and fun than having a jib door at home?Invisible storage, a private powder room, a hidden bar… whatever the reason these secret doors are used for, in all the cases a dose of mystery and instant fantasy are assured.

(Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know the meaning of Jib door until now. Not so long ago I didn’t know it either!)

Pauline de Rothschild in her Paris apartment bedroom, shot by Horst for Vogue UK (June 1969) Great jib door
Pauline de Rothschild in her Paris apartment bedroom. Horst for Vogue UK (June 1969)

 

Howard Slatkin NY Apartment. Jib Door
Howard Slatkin NY Apartment

 

Howard Slatkin NY Apartment. Jib Door
Howard Slatkin NY Apartment

 

Howard Slatkin NY Apartment. Jib Door
Howard Slatkin NY Apartment

 

Benedetta Cibrario's apartment in Milan. Jib Door
Benedetta Cibrario’s apartment in Milan. T Magazine

 

A large portrait of King Edward VII by Archibald Stuart Wortley cleverly disguises a pair of built-in wardrobe doors in the State Bedroom. Old Battersea House, London
A large portrait of King Edward VII by Archibald Stuart Wortley cleverly disguises a pair of built-in wardrobe doors in the State Bedroom. Old Battersea House, London

 

A New York apartment designed by architect John B. Murray and interior designer Cathy Kincaid
A New York apartment designed by architect John B. Murray and interior designer Cathy Kincaid. Overscale paisley by Lucy Rose Design. Veranda Magazine

 

De Gournay
De Gournay

 

Barry Dixon design. Gracie wallpaper
Barry Dixon design. Gracie wallpaper

 

Jib door. Hidden bar. Miles Redd
Miles Redd via Architectural Digest

 

Alexa Hampton's NY apartment.
Alexa Hampton’s NY apartment. Souce : Quintessence

 

Jib Door
Source unknown

 

Samarkand wallcovering by Pierre Frey
Samarkand wallcovering by Pierre Frey

 

Versailles
Versailles

 

Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 2008
Linda Evangelista by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, June 2008

 

Jib Door. World of Interiors
World of Interiors

 

Jemma Kind's Hampshire state. Fromemtal hand-painted wallcovering. Jib Door
Jemma Kid’s Hampshire state.The hand-painted silk wallcovering mural is by Fromental. Elle Decor

To read now and keep forever

I feel I can’t keep up with all the new fabulous book releases that have been happening in the last few weeks. Whether you need ideas for decorating your home, a present for that special interior design lover in your life, or inspiration for your next read, these books will be a win-win. Purchase them today and treasure them forever. These are the new classics you won’t regret buying.

‘Haute Bohemians’ Miguel Flores-Vianna. Foreword by Amy Tasley. Vendome.

 

'D. Porthault, the art of luxury linens' Brian D. Coleman. Photographs by Erik Kvalsvik. Foreword by Amy Astley.
‘D. Porthault, the art of luxury linens’ Brian D. Coleman. Photographs by Erik Kvalsvik. Foreword by Amy Astley. Rizzoli,

 

'How they decorated. Inspiration from great women of the Twentieth Century' P.Gaye Tapp. Foreword by Charlotte Moss
‘How they decorated. Inspiration from great women of the Twentieth Century’ P.Gaye Tapp. Foreword by Charlotte Moss. Rizzoli.

 

'At home with dogs and their designers' Susanna Salk. Foreword by Robert Couturier. Principal photography by Stacey Bewkes. Rizzoli
‘At home with dogs and their designers’ Susanna Salk. Foreword by Robert Couturier. Principal photography by Stacey Bewkes. Rizzoli

 

'David Hicks scrapbooks' Ashley Hicks. Vendome
‘ David Hicks scrapbooks’ Ashley Hicks. Vendome

 

Veranda. Inspired by Color, Clinton Smith, Hearst Books
Veranda. Inspired by Color, Clinton Smith, Hearst Books

 

'Renzo Mongiardino. A Painterly Vision' Martina Mondadori Sartogo. Rizzoli
‘Renzo Mongiardino. A Painterly Vision’ Martina Mondadori Sartogo. Rizzoli