One of two special single owner sales during Sotheby's Masters Week, The Road to Rome: Property from a Distinguished Italian Private Collection, Part I, realized a strong $6.6 million with a 84.8% sell-through rate by lot. Vanvitelli's View of The Riviera Di Chiaia led the sale, bringing in $1.6 million.
Mario Tavella, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby's Europe commented, "The results are a tribute to the careful choices of the collector and his discerning eye for bringing together a quintessential and beautiful Italian collection. Our second auction of works from this extraordinary collection will be sold on May 4th in Paris, and will include a beautiful selection of mosaics, sculpture, and decorative works of art."
Details: Sotheby’s is delighted to present the sale The Road to Rome: Property from a Distinguished Italian Private Collection, Part Iduring Masters Week in New York on 28 January 2016, comprised of 35 view and portrait paintings that display splendid overview of Grand Tour taste. Throughout the 18th-century, young aristocrats partook in the Grand Tour, visiting Italian cities including Venice, Naples and Rome as the culmination of their academic studies. Inspired by their voyages, many of these travelers developed an interest in art and sat for some of the great portrait painters of the time, or immortalized their adventures by purchasing view paintings. Many of the great artistic talents of the time including Vanvitelli, Bellotto, the Van Lint family, Hackert and Caffi directly benefited from the patronage of these Grand Tourists. Highlights by these artists and many others will be on view in the Sotheby’s London galleries 5-9 December ahead of the January 2016 New York exhibition and sale. This is the first of a two-part sale series with Part II including paintings, Roman works of art, and decorative arts to be held in Spring 2016 in n London.