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February 2016 - n. 10

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2015 was a year of huge successes for Cambi, which culminated with a turnover of 26.35 million Euros that confirmed us once again on top of auction sales in Italy and represents a record for our Auction House, undisputed reference point for those who want to sell or buy works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary, from China to design, from collecting to investment in precious stones.

With great pride we can say that the most expensive work of art sold in Italy during the year was ours: the extraordinary porcelain Chinese Moon Flask sold for 2.4 million euros, a price well over the sales for Oriental Art by our English competitors.

The auctions of the second semester were valuable events, not only from an economical point of view but also from a cultural one, like those dedicated to Antique Glassworks or Wax Works. We also managed the sales of collections from important families such as the one of Ercole Marelli’s heirs, and huge sales which made us leaders in Italy among which Oriental Art and Design.

And it is precisely on this last sale that I want to focus, because it confirms the steady growth that over the years has led us to become an essential point of reference in Europe for the auctions concerning Italian design, with an offer and results higher than those of the big international scenarios, such as London and Paris.
Looking at the next events, there will be many activities in the first half of 2016.
In March, we will open our Roman office, a representative office - coordinated by Valeria Ciappa - overlooking the central Via del Babuino which will become a reference point for the city and all southern Italy. At the headquarters in Rome we will not organize proper auctions, but we will organize expertise days and appointments with experts to see lots to offer in our Genoese or Milan sales.

After years of frequentation of the capital, and many successful sales, finally it comes a location that will allow us to be present on site on an ongoing basis and therefore constantly communicating with our Roman customers, increasingly numerous.
2016 opens in March, as usual, under the banner of the great auction of Antiques and Old Masters Paintings, together with Antique Frames and Majolicas of the 17th and 18th century, as well as with the catalogue of Chinese Works of Art; appointments which will be followed by all specialist sales scheduled in May and June and that now are continuing at a relentless pace in our two headquarters in Genoa and Milan.

In early May, we will have an appointment with ancient art, divided into six monographic catalogues, and later that month it will be the time of Fine Chinese Works of Art, Fine Jewels and Wristwatches and Pocket Watches. June is dedicated to the twentieth century, from Modern and Contemporary Art to Fine Design, through Decorative Arts of the 20th century and Sculptures of the 20th century. On this occasion we will present for the first time a monographic catalogue dedicated to Venetians Glassworks of the 20th century, from Paolo Venini to Carlo Scarpa.

This issue of the magazine also features two very interesting essays on majolica edited by Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti and Carlo Raffo, a contribution by Chiara Parisio on neoclassical miniature collectibles, plus a brief insight into the ancient sculpture of Alfredo Bellandi.

ITALIAN MAJOLICAS FROM HIGH-RANKING EUROPEAN COLLECTIONS
Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti In the last issue of this magazine our article end by recalling how the fortune of majolica was made by the masterpieces created by the various Italian manufacturers of the sixteenth century, and “spread out all around Europe and admired in the private room as marvels of art.” ...
ANCIENT SCULPTURE. WORKS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES, RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE.
Alfredo Bellandi The pages of newspapers have dealt recently with ancient sculpture by involving public opinion in matters traditionally for specialists, from the debated Michelangelo to the problem of safety of the works in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence. Even auctions lost their confidential nature to open up ...
THE VALUE OF TRANSPARENCY. “COLLECTOR'S ANTIQUE GLASSWORKS”
Carlo Peruzzo In the field of Art Objects we would like to highlight the excellent result of the auction Refined Transparencies, Collector's Antique Glassworks, held on October 20th in the Genoese headquarters of Castello Mackenzie. The sale saw the overcoming of the total of the reserves for over 30%, reaching - with ...
THE CALL OF ART
Lorenzo Bianchini Massoni We, Italians are lucky. We can ignore them for a lifetime; we can pass them without looking at them for years, but sooner or later that painting or that sculpture will tell us something, since works of art are this: inanimate objects like others but with the peculiarity and the urge to tell ...
COLLECTING NEOCLASSICAL MINIATURES
Chiara Parisio In the previous issue of "Cambi Auction Magazine" (n. 9, September 2015) we presented miniatures both as a small format painting and as a painting technique. On this occasion we want to illustrate some criteria in order to establish a collection. Apart from the personal taste, which is always an indisputable ...