Carlton Hobbs ‘Gem’ Acclaimed in Fine Art Connoisseur Report on Palm Beach

Julius Grimm (1842-1906) Mond (Moon) 1888, oil on canvas, 53 x 53 in. (including the original gilt-composition frame) (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--()--Carlton Hobbs, the eminent international antiques dealer, was very pleased to see one of his favorite pieces specially highlighted in Kelly Compton’s article on the American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach in the May/June issue of the Fine Art Connoisseur. The report, page 52, singles out the oil painting Mond, a 19th-century depiction of the surface of the moon, as “particularly fine” among the show’s “gems.”

“We were delighted to see the painting chosen for publication by this important art magazine from amongst 'the more than 200,000 items' offered at the prestigious fair,” said Carlton Hobbs. “It is a remarkable work, a masterpiece of scientific as well as artistic significance, and with the notable provenance having been in the collection of the Grand Duke Friedrich of Baden.”

The painting was created in 1888 by Julius Grimm (1842-1906), a German scientific photographer whose techniques of mapping the surface of the moon became famous when his acclaimed Atlas der Astrophysik was published in 1881. After meeting the Grand Duke Friedrich I von Baden, an astronomy enthusiast, in 1887, Grimm decided to paint a representation of the moon, based on his photographs, to be presented to the Grand Duke. The painting shows the moon as it can never be seen in reality: fully lit across the entire surface at once. The painting’s highly textured surface faithfully represents the actual landscape of the moon, which Grimm determined with precision by examining the shadows cast during the various lunar phases. When lighted from the direction Grimm indicated with a painted arrow, the ridges of paint cast shadows that create the photorealistic effect of the painting.

“Julius Grimm's extraordinary painting is a testament not only to his contribution to the selenographic field, but also to the vivid artistic insight that imbued his presentation of scientific imagery,” said Carlton Hobbs.

The Fine Art Connoisseur reported that the Fair in Palm Beach was a great success, despite the economic climate, thanks to the adept management by David and Lee Ann Lester, and the renewed participation of “market leaders” at the show.

The company has previously participated at a number of other prestigious art and antique fairs, including:

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

The Antiques and Arts Paris Biennale

The Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair, London

The Winter Antiques Show, New York

The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, New York

The company will next exhibit at The Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, June 5th through 14th, 2009.

About Carlton Hobbs LLC

Carlton Hobbs is a noted independent dealer in rare antique furniture and historic objects. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York, in the former Vanderbilt Mansion, 60 East 93rd Street, the firm acquires researches and sells antiques to museums and discerning clients throughout the world.

Additional information about Carlton Hobbs LLC and its pieces can be found on the company blog at

Some of the world's leading museums and private collections now house Carlton Hobbs' pieces including, amongst others:

The Musée du Louvre

The John Paul Getty Museum

The Rijksmuseum

The National Gallery of Australia

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Boston Museum of Fine Arts

The Musée des Beaux Arts, Dijon

The Bowes Museum

Paxton House

The National Gallery of Greece

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