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.
The last Old Master Paintings and Furniture auction totals over € 2.3 million, 76% lots sold and 147% increase on reserve prices.
The impressive nucleus of the antique garden sculptures reaches very high results for the most fascinating sculptures: the 17th-century "Rape of Proserpine" by Giovanni Battista Buzzi known as the Viggiù (lot 154, € 25,000), the 18th-century group of "Paris, Venus and Cupid" by Lombard sculptor (lot 131, € 23,940), the "Bacchus with Satyr" by a Venetian artist (lot 304, € 22,680), along with the warriors created by Sante Calegari il Vecchio (lot 140, € 23,940) and the pair of large red marble vases (lot 67, € 35,280).
At the top of the adjudication list are Neoclassical pieces such as the rare pair of marble consoles with a brocatelle top from Siena (lot 143, €81,900), the elegant burnished bronze planter attributed to Fonderia Chiurazzi (lot 73, € 50,400), the fireplace by the eclectic Bolognese artist Pelagio Palagi (lot 118, € 30,240), the Roman marble vase carved in bas-relief (lot 126, € 20,160) and the "Les Maréchaux" model clock by Julien Beliard (lot 105, € 17,640).In the sphere of 18th-century furniture, the large carved, pierced and lacquered wooden mirror with flower decoration (lot 266, € 22,680), the pair of large 17th-century Venetian moor-shaped (lot 78, € 15,120), the 19th-century small maple briar veneered table decorated with winged herms in gilded bronze (lot 175, € 13,860) and the Pearwood armchair created by the 18th-century Venetian follower of Andrea Brustolon (lot 8, € 8,190).
In the section devoted to art objects, excellent sales stand out for the pair of five-light porcelain candle holders with gilt bronze mounts by the Meissen manufactory (lot 142, €37,800) and the pair of late 18th-century white porcelain vase-shaped decorative elements, decorated with leaves and putti in relief (lot 340, €18,900).
The selection of goldsmithing art signed by Alfredo Ravasco also garners acclaim with the agate bowl decorated with sapphires, resting on a lapis lazuli slab base (lot 138, €30,240).Another moment of intense competition, with dense and incessant raises both online and over the phone, was experienced with the bidding sale of the four gouaches depicting the estates of the House of Savoy by Luigi Baldassarre Reviglio (lot 32, €81,900) and the beautiful pair of Japanese bronze cranes (lot 255, €16,380), and the rare silkscreen print on silk by Alphonse Mucha (lot 515, €10,080).