Sotheby's London sale Piano Nobile - A Collection from an Aristocratic Milanese Palazzo reflected the sophistication and cultivated taste of its owner in a tribute to grand and classical interiors. The success of the sale, which achieved a total of £2,550,155, demonstrates the demand and continued appreciation for such objects in today's market. Highlights of the sale included the "Cozzi porcelain butterfly dinner service", which achieved £182,500 - more than six times its low pre-sale estimate; along with a pair of Italian carved walnut commodes, Veneto, mid-18th century, which sold for £110,500 and a unique French gilded iron-mounted rock crystal and amethyst glass chandelier in 18th-century style, which sold for £104,500.
On 5 November 2013, Sotheby’s London will recreate in their galleries the interiors from the Piano Nobile of an Aristocratic Palazzo located in the heart of historic Milan. Architecturally, the Piano Nobile represents the main floor of a Renaissance building, where the reception rooms were often used to stage extravagant and sumptuous events. Reflecting the sophistication and taste of its owner – a passionate collector – the lavish interiors of this particular Milanese Palazzo have been reinvented by acclaimed interior designers Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini (Studio Peregalli).
Incorporating trompe l’oeil representations of the antique, together with important Venetian furniture and paintings, Continental silver and ceramics, and European, Chinese and Asian works of art, these interiors imbue a truly Romantic notion of a bygone era. Reminiscent of the exquisite interiors of the grand Venetian palaces, they evoke a lavish and theatrical ambience, with each room presenting an inimitable setting. This dedicated single-owner sale will be comprised of approximately 200 lots.