The 19th and 20th Century Paintings and Sculptures auction (22 and 23 May) closed with a turnover of € 760.862.000, 72% of lots sold and a 105% increase on starting prices.
The top lots of the sale were the wonderful “Profilo femminile” by Giovanni Boldini (cm 13,5x9,5| sold for € 50.000| lot 233) and "Giochi d'acqua (Nidiata)" by Ettore Tito for € 47.500 (lot 265). “With these sales, Il Ponte becomes an important reference point also for nineteenth-century collectors” declares Matteo Gardonio, Department Director.
Excellent results also for "Veduta del Naviglio di San Marco dal terrazzo di Ca' Medici” by Angelo Inganni (lot 269, sold to €65.000), "Naviglio nella Strada dell'Ospedale (via Francesco Sforza)” by Carlo Canella (lot 256, sold to € 41.250) and for the oil by Pietro Fragiacomo "Barcaiolo in laguna” (lot 254, sold to € 27.500).
“The public has shown much appreciation for landscape artists, especially if they are extremely luminous, and the market seems to be following this trend”, adds Matteo Gardonio. The bids were very lively, as a matter of fact, on watercolors and in particular on the works of Emma Ciardi: "Tramonto sulla laguna (Twilight on the lagoon)" of 1925 (lotto 290), estimated at € 2.000-2.500 €, and sold for € 10.625.
Finally, excellent results were also obtained for the bronze sculptures, all sold at attractive awards, such as "Profilo classico” by Vincenzo Gemito which was hammered down at € 3.400, thus more than triplication the starting price (lot 379).
“The full room along with several telephones and the online bidding, all actively participated in the sale. The significant presence of young people, confirms the renewed interest of the new generations for the 19th Century both nationally and internationally” concludes the Director of the Department.