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2012 seemed to be a difficult year for everyone but, even if market recovery is still very far, our Auction House has many reasons to be proud for the results of this first semester.
First of all, the opening of the new branch in Milan, already announced in the last issue of the Magazine. In the evening of 12 April we celebrated the opening with several friends and clients in via Senato 24. Many of them came back to visit us in the following days, during the Modern and Contemporary Art and African Art Auctions preview. An appointment repeated also with the new exhibitions in May and that will be repeated in October, whereas a few days ago has started an exhibition on Andy Warhol, organized by Galleria Repetto. This event opens the season of Contemporary Art that will continue with Ghirri and Paolini, on October/November, and Fausto Melotti from the end of November to 24 December; exhibitions that will alternate with auctions previews for the entire season.
Milan branch is now completely operative, an important base for the work of all our consultants and for the clients daily calling Emilie Volka to set appointments and visits to expertise their collections. In spring, the Oriental Art auction was extremely satisfactory. We established the record of turnover for the department, we realized the best adjudication ever for the Auction House and the highest sale ever realized during an auction in Italy for an oriental art object.
Moreover, in this issue of the Magazine, we announce the doubling of 20th-century Art and Design Department that, since this autumn, will have a double catalogue: the one for Decorative Arts or 20th-century Art, that keeps following the traditional proposals of the Auction House, and a catalogue completely dedicated to Design, edited by Piermaria Scagliola. With this operation, we want to offer a largest space to all arts from 20th century; then a double yearly event will be organized, even that together with Contemporary Art, will alternate with the three regular appointments dedicated to ancient art. Finally, the Magazine shows the Yachts Auction catalogue, already announced in spring but postponed to September for a better outcome of the project. The offer is extremely interesting with around thirty boats selected among all tastes and budgets, a unique initiative in Italy that will be organized once more in spring.
Michela Scotti, always watching out for the happenings of the national and international contemporary art market, went to Art Basel 43 and described it to us, while Silvia Barisione, in addition to the description of the Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami, introduces us to a fascinating Genoese collection – DDD – set up in more that twenty years of collection looking at the Italian and foreign industrial production of design objects.
Raffaella Navone introduces us to the “sculpture-jewels” by Enrico Cirio. We will show also the most appealing propositions of autumn auctions: the most significant lots of Fine Arts and Old Masters Paintings Auction in October, among which a wonderful Neapolitan Nativity Scene of 18th century or the book with the engravings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi with the views of Baroque Rome in the Paris edition, an Erudite Bolognese Connoisseur’ collection and the new December auctions of Modern and Contemporary Art, 20th-century Decorative Arts and Design, with the sale of an important Lenci collection, and Oriental Art; and again a first première for the Auction House: a night dedicated to vintage.
Matteo Fochessati is the author of the text on Castello Mackenzie, Gino Coppedè’s masterpiece, headquarters of the Auction House and by now integrant part of our history. An extraordinary building we love and we desire to show also to those who never came to visit us in Genoa. Lastly the cover, that we liked to dedicate to cinema and to the art of Giuseppe Tornatore who, after the adventures of Peppino Torrenuova in early 1930s Bagheria, tells another history of love. But now the setting is about the most elegant and refined international auction houses world. With The Best Offer, cinema is back to tell about us and helps at giving visibility to some features of this world, unknown to most of us.