International collectors and Italian clients gathered in the new Milanese saleroom to actively compete for the high-quality paintings, fine furniture and works of art on offer in the sale, which exceeded its pre-sale high estimate. The export licenses accompanying the lots, combined with the opportunity for clients to bid online, contributed to the auction’s success. The leading piece View of the Grand Canal from the circle of Francesco Guardi sold for €195,000 followed by the Chinese Coppia di figure in bronzo dorato e smalto cloisonné, which sold for for €177,000 while the highly sought after Cofanetto in rame dorato, argento e corallo achieved €99,000.
The single owner sale A Milanese Cabinet Collection, which Sotheby’s Milan is pleased to host on 13 June 2016, combines a private collector’s unique taste for interior furnishing with the passion for Wunderkammers. This collection offers insight into the excellence of Italian art, whose uniqueness lies in the ability of combining the highest level of craftsmanship, technique and design, thus transforming luxurious and rare materials into important works of art.
Some of the best examples mostly representative of the quality of this collection are a rare coral and gilt bronze Trapani miniature chandelier from the 17th century, a beautiful Florentine commesso in pietre dure casket from the early 18th century and two Neapolitan painted waxes by Francesco Pieri (1699-1773). Among the sculptures is a stunning pair of terracotta figures by Giovanni Baratta (1670-1747) depicting Bacchus and Venus and a bronze group depicting Apollo and Daphne by Francesco Righetti (1749-1819).
Furthermore, the collection offers Italian and European 18th-century paintings, focusing on some of the most renowned masters of the Ritrattistica, from Fra’ Galgario to Giovanni Battista Lampi il Vecchio and Rosalba Carriera, the most famous Venetian portraitist of her time, here represented by two beautiful pastels.
For the first time in a Milanese sale on an international level, most of the lots are accompanied by an export licence.
Interested bidders please note that prior registration is required for this sale. Registration will close 24 hours before the sale. As part of the registration process, proof of identification will be required. If you wish to bid in this sale, please send a copy of your ID to BIDS.MILAN@SOTHEBYS.COM. Registration to bid may be declined or revoked at Sotheby’s sole discretion.
Please note that the exhibition in Milan on 13 June will be in the morning and by appointment only.