Furniture, Sculptures and Works of Art

A department that has always been the flagship of the auction house.
This department which has always been the figurehead of our auction house has, in the past few years, doubled...becoming Via Pontaccio and Via Pitteri in order to meet the varied demands of our ever growing clientele.
Furnishings are divided between the two branches in order to reflect the main characteristic of our auctions: all furnishings can be sold! Not only important objects but everything that is normally contained in a house, in a villa, in a palace or an apartment. The exceptional alongside the daily and the antique alongside the old.
To win the leadership of the ranking's sales of the last Furniture and Old Master Paintings auction are Giuseppe Maggiolini with the richly inlaid walnut and fir secretaire (lot 423, sold € 68,750), equally with the Russian icon attributed to the silversmith Pavel Ovchinnikov (lot 410, sold € 68,750).
Always among the best sales, there are the rare automaton by Johann Ott Halleicher (lot 420, sold € 15,000), and the high Venetian relief made between the 16th-17th century (lot 374, sold € 11,875).
The significant result achieved by furniture seems to regain share and prices on the market. A lively competition has also demonstrated the renewed interest of the national and international public. To stand out are the slab and threaded flap in various woods from the 18th century (lot 276, sold € 37,500), the pair of cabinets veneered in walnut and various kinds of wood (lot 259, sold € 12,500), and the large circular table from the 16th century (lot 221, sold € 12,500).

The appointment at via Pontaccio 12 with the Antique auction is on 28, 29 and 30 March. 
Unpublished works and elegant collections will welcome the public of enthusiasts on a journey through more than five centuries of art history.
The first stop of this composite selection of over six hundred lots is in the garden of Palazzo Crivelli, which, amidst hints of spring, offers a natural stage of rare beauty to present an evocative array of ancient statuary. Standing out among century-old trees and March blooms are the 17th-century “Rape of Proserpine” by sculptor Giovanni Battista Buzzi known as the Viggiù (lot 154, € 25,000 - 30,000), the 18th-century “Minerva” sculpted by Tommaso Bonazza (lot 120, € 6,500 - 7,000) and the contemporary pair of large Medici-style vases (lot 67, € 18,000 - 20,000).
From this open-air room, moving on to the building’s elegant interiors, classical iconography returns in the numerous references to neoclassical taste that can be seen in the pieces made between the 18th and 19th centuries. From the scagliola chessboard with Greek fretwork border and reserves decorated with Pompeian scenes by a skilled Roman scagliolista with table by Antonio Mascarone (lot 132, € 12,000 - 14,000), to the precious pair of consoles with top in brocatelle from Siena and marble mirrors (lot 143, € 25,000 - 30,000), the pendulum clock model “Les Maréchaux” by Julien Beliard (lot 105, € 12.000 - 14.000) or the fireplace by the Bolognese architect and sculptor Pelagio Palagi (lot 118, € 10.000 - 12.000).
Haute cabinet making reaches peaks of excellence in other 18th century furniture such as the Piedmontese trumeau with interior chinoiserie decoration (lot 134, € 22,000 - 24,000) and the elegant chest of drawers from the Marche region with a shaped breccia top (lot 144, € 22,000 - 24,000). From the same period are the pair of large Venetian torch-bearers (lot 78, € 6,500 - 7,000), the Aubusson tapestry in “Verdure” with fairy-tale landscape (lot 65, € 5,000 - € 6,000), the gilded bronze candelabra with porcelain jays from the Meissen manufacture (lot 142, € 10,000 - 12.000) and the porcelain group “Puttini con capra” by Giuseppe Gricci (lot 123, € 13,000 - 14,000), evidence of one of the first works of the master ceramist at the Real Fabbrica di Capodimonte.
Particularly interesting is the section dedicated to silverware and objets d'art, where an exquisite silver photo frame by Julius Rappoport for Fabergé (lot 44, € 5,000 - 6,000), an elegant pair of candelabra by Luigi Avolio (lot 24, € 4,500 - 5,000) and a sculpture depicting the “Triumph of Triton” by Eugenio Avolio (lot 21, € 2,400 - 2,600). To these are added a daring “Don Quixote on Rocinante's Horse” signed Buccellati (lot 29, € 2,200 - 2,400) and a selection of goldsmith’s art signed by Alfredo Ravasco, including an agate bowl decorated with sapphires, resting on a lapis lazuli-paved top (lot 138, € 20,000 - 22,000).

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