This sale features a compelling selection of Italian masterpieces, particularly those from the 17th century. Highlights include two elegant and monumental works by famous women artists, Lavinia Fontana's Portrait of Gentleman and Artemisia Gentileschi's Betsabea. The Old Master section includes 85 lots from the 15th to the18th centuries; among these the Genoese baroque school is well represented with Gioacchino Assereto's masterpiece Focione Refuses Alexander's Gifts and Lorenzo de Ferrari'sAdoration of the Shepherd.
This sale features a selection of works by the 19th century's leading artists including two Venetian landscapes signed by Guglielmo Ciardi: a Laguna (€ 25,000 - 35,000) where Fragiacomo's influence is evident and another astonishing view painted in the 1880s (€ 50,000-70,000). Among the Lombard artists are an historically important oil by Gerolamo Induno and two amazing Divisionistic masterpieces: Pax (€ 200,000-300,000) signed Angelo Morbelli and La venditrice di frutta (€ 100,000-150,000) signed Emilio Longoni. Giovanni Boldini and Fausto Zonaro are two international artists included in the catalogue: the former with Venice (€ 50,000-70,000) the latter with L'Imbarcazione (€ 40,000-60,000) a Bosphorus view showing the Topkapi and Aghia Sophia in the distance.
The sale also includes a selection of rare books, mainly Travel and Nautical Books, among them Bartolomeo Crescenzi's "Nautica Mediterranea" and Francesco Maria Levanto's "Specchio del Mare."
The Furniture, Ceramics and Works of Art session includes the Marquess Nicola Santangelo's Collection. The Marquess (1785-1851) was the Minister of King Ferdinando II Re delle Due Sicilie, one of the most influential personalities in Naples in the first half of the 19th century and the donor of some of the most important antiquities in the Archaeological Museum collection in Naples.
Among other sale highlights are a Chinese celadon and jade collection, a Gonzaga bianco di Faenza pilgrim flask, (€ 50,000-70,000); a Tagliolini Naples bisquit group of Bacco and Arianna, (€ 50,000-70,000); and an Eugenio Quarti signed and dated 1900 set of furnishings, priced with the gold medal at the Paris Exhibition in 1900 (€ 70,000-100,000).