Country Life - 26 April 2017

Country Life

26 April 2017
Huon Mallalieu


Two years ago, the private dealer Oliver Hoare offered a wonderful show, ‘Every Object Tells a Story’ (Country Life, June 10, 2015), which attracted more than 10,000 visitors to an impressive house in Fitzroy Square. From May 4 to July 5, he will be at 5 Cromwell Place, London SW7 with about 400 strange, wonderful and beautiful objects and more stories to go with them. They span five millennia and represent countless civilisations, each selected on the basis of their back stories and historical interest.

There will be a 13th-century silver drinking vessel bearing the seal of Mongke Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, who ruled the Mongol Empire at its peak; a silver skull pomander believed to have been owned by James II; a rare group of votive figures from ancient Bactria; a 2,000-year-old Mexican stargazer; and sections dedicated to magic, myths, meteorites, sex and unicorns.

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