The Decorative Arts of the 20th century and Design auction held on 19 and 20 June closed with 75% of the sold lots out of the over 764 offered at auction. The top lot of the sale was a specimen belonging to the group of unique pieces "Four Biedermeier style sofas" by Ettore Sottsass (lot 211 - € 62.500), followed by Gio Ponti's painting "Il Sogno del Re" (lot 167 - € 17,500), by numerous other lots designed by the artist which also achieved excellent results, and by Bruno Munari's “L'Ora X” (lot 187) awarded for € 16,250.
Relevant results were also obtained by the pair of "Fiorenza" model armchairs by Franco Albini (lot 172), sold for € 16,250, and by the furnishings and lamps by Ignazio Gardella as well as by the section dedicated to Italian lighting, of which 90% of the lots were sold.
"The Italian artistic ceramics of the second sale session attained remarkable figures, paving the way for the revaluation of several authors", declares the department director Stefano Poli. In particular, the rare ceramic sculptures by Nanni Valentini, hailed from Lino Sabattini's private collection obtained remarkable results, in some cases doubling the initial estimates (lots 669-670). Thanks to the Department's commitment the works of Sabattini himself present in the catalogue obtained an awaited recognition (lots 730-732-761-762-764).
With 27% of international buyers and active participation in the saleroom, on the phones and online, the Design Department is confirmed as a booming sector.