A lively and pyrotechnic result is the outcome of the 19th and 20th century Paintings and Sculptures auction held last Wednesday 11 November at Palazzo Crivelli. A turnover exceeding € 660,000 with 70% of lots sold and 140% increase on reserve prices.
Protagonists are the female figures, with Federico Zandomeneghi's "L'ombrellino a pois" (lot 1331 - sold for € 133,500) and "La sorella" by Gian Emilio Malerba, which sets the artist's world record price (lot 1308 - € 18,750).
“The choice oriented towards an unusual 19th century, enlivend by names long ignored such as Brocchi, Moggioli, Levy and Malerba met the public approval. In addition to the very positive general results, the definite return to the figurative is quite apparent with extremely distinctive connotations in which a new generation of collectors can be recognized. An updated penchant much appreciated also by the foreign public whose participation shows the department is also gathering fans beyond the borders." (Matteo Gardonio, Department Head of 19th and 20th Century Paintings and Sculptures)
In fact, there was no shortage of international names which included Thèo Van Rysselberghe, George Morren and Jan Adam Jansz Kruseman whose "Winter landscape with skaters" (lot 1239 - € 12,500) is part of another trend, landscapes, among the most sought after of the period, with multifaceted interpretations by the various masters: from the forceful hues of Umberto Moggioli's hills in the painting "La Valletta nel Veronese" (lot 1307 - sold for € 18,125), to the mysterious Venice interpreted in a romantic key by the artist Bartolomeo Bezzi (lot 1329).