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September 2013 - n. 05

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2013 really looks like a year of Records.
On 20 July the newspaper “Il Sole 24 Ore” put us in the first place among Italian Auction Houses in terms of turnover, as a result of a series of important auctions that took place during the first months of the year. The Departments of Jewels, Modern and Contemporary Art, Old Master Paintings, Furniture and Furnishings, Design, Silvers and Frames and Mirrors, had their top adjudications in this first half.
China is an outsider with its numerous sales that made a sensation in Italy and abroad and that placed the Auction House on top in Europe, together with the well-established London and Paris realities.
From the end of 2012 through the first semester of 2013, we organized many successful auctions, from the collection of a Bolognese art connoisseur, with Massimo Bartolozzi as auctioneer, to the Bruzzone Collection, with 90% of the lots sold and a loaded salesroom, to finish with the specialized auctions concerning two majolica and frames collections that doubled their initial estimates.
I don’t want to forget the excellent results of Design that, thanks to an almost entirely foreign public, brought us at the height of the national auction houses. Apart from the auctions, we also have many major news. We changed the calendar of the new sales, by setting two annual appointments for Fine Arts Auctions and splitting in two semesters all other sales, from Old Masters to Design, in line with the current trend of the market, which is becoming more and more international.
Tiziano Panconi and Gianni Minozzi joined the staff of our experts; they will respectively run the 19th and 20th-century Paintings departments and the Old Master Paintings one. Massimo Bartolozzi became our representative in Tuscany. In September, we opened a new office in Turin – in via Giolitti, corner piazza San Carlo – managed by Titti Curzio. Here, point of reference for all our Turin clients, we won’t organize sales but previews and expertise days with all the experts of the various departments.
But November is going to be the month of major novelties, since we are going to open the new headquarters in Milan in Palazzo Serbelloni, in corso Venezia. On 2 December a Silvers, Clocks and Jewels Auction and a selection of Antiques is taking place in the beautiful rooms of the first floor. This double appointment starts off a series of auctions and the transfer to Milan of some departments. Moreover, in this issue, Raffaella Navone shows us the fascinating diamondcutting, continuing the series of essays on stones we are getting accustomed to, while Michela Scotti wrote a homage to Antonio Dias, whose paintings were and will be protagonists of our Contemporary Art Auctions. Andrea Pietro Mori, in his article on Design, spotlights Ignazio Gardella, while Giulio Cambi wrote a short biography of Peter Beard, whose photographs were sold during the last Contemporary Art Auction.
We will then describe a collection of Genoese drawings included in the next catalogue of Old Master Paintings in October and some lots in the one of Sculpture and Art Objects.
Finally, we have some news also concerning the web, with the new app Cambi App for iPhone an iPad, which allows to see the lots online, to download the catalogues and the magazine and to attend the auctions through our service Cambi Live, even improved and bug-fixed. From September, you may also find a new way to take part in the auctions: with Cambi Time we will propose a series of Time Auctions – with consultation and participation solely online – that will expire two weeks after their publication. To participate, it is necessary to be a member of My Cambi; you will be informed if your bid will be overrun with a series of raisings that will become more and more intense in the hours before the end of the auction.
Bologna, Fine Art starts flyng again
The room was crowded, and telephones working on almost all lots. Massimo Bartolozzi hammered the auction and, with more than 40 years of experience, he managed to draw the attention of all buyers for more than six hours, the time needed to finish the 500 lots forming the rich catalogue. The lots included books and collections ...
China, jewels and design. An international year!
2012 ended with a record turnover of more than 11,300,000 euros. The increase of 25% compared to the previous year projected Cambi Auction House on top of auction houses in Italy, even overtaking Christie’s, that decided to reduce considerably its presence in Italy cancelling one of the two scheduled appointments; ...
Palazzo Serbelloni, the new headquarters in Milan
History and Architecture In 1756, the Duke Gabrio Serbelloni bought Casa Trotti, along San Damiano Shipway, first core of the prestigious state palace that had to consecrate the Serbelloni’s at the heart of the political and social life in Milan. The Duke called the architect Simone Cantoni, Vanvitelli’s ...
The cut of the diamond. Brigtness, fire, scintillation
Comparing the cut of the diamond to Michelangelo’s Neo-Platonist idea on sculpture is less imprudent than it may seem. According to him, sculpture is “what is done by removing” (“si fa per via di levare”): with his chisel, the artist sets the work already present in the block of marble free ...
Old Masters
In the past, we had thought about keeping ancient painting within the general catalogues of Fine Arts and Old Master Paintings but, starting from 2013, a selection of paintings is going to give life to the two catalogues – spring and autumn – dedicated to old masters, with which we would like to highlight the ...