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February 2012 - n. 03

The year 2012 will be a year full of initiatives and changes for Cambi Auction House. We start immediately, with a new proposal, The Wednesdays at Cambicafé, appetizers with art, weekly appointment that will introduce the world of fine arts and auctions to participants. A direct
link between the Auction House and the new Café opened last year, that is having great success in Genoa.
Then, we will have the main novelty in the field of furnishings and small collecting: 12 auctions in 12 months for 2012, a new and nice way, dynamic and quick, to take part in our auctions. Each month, three or four hundred lots, visible on our website, will be put for sale with low estimates and only with online participation. Finally, fine arts go on the web!
It is worth mentioning, not only the reorganization of some departments, with new experts and coworkers to make our job even more precise and functional, but also, and especially, the opening of representative offices in other cities like Turin, Venice and Lugano.
The most relevant event for the beginning of 2012 is, with no doubt, the opening of a new office in Milan, where a staff of experts will be available for estimates and to advise anyone who might need to sell or buy art works, and where it will be possible to attend the previews of the sales planned in Genoa.
And then, our February auctions from Fine Arts to Old Masters Paintings, from 20th-century Decorative Arts to Design.
April will be the month dedicated to specialist auctions, from African Art and Ancient Carpets, to Jewels and Silvers, Sculptures and Art Objects and Modern and Contemporary Art.
May will propose an uncommon auction, with a selection of Yachts and cruiser boats (in cooperation with Aloisa Moncada di Paternò and Equinoxe & Fraser), anticipated within the magazine in an article by Roberto Franzoni. This is an absolute première for the Italian market, only preceded by the vintage yachts auction, organized always by our Auction House in 2010.
In this issue, we wanted to present to those who don’t know us well, a short introduction to our history, with more than 130 auctions – from Fine Arts to Contemporary Art, from specialist sales to House Sales organized all over Italy – which took place in the last 15 years.
Then, we would like to start showing some dynamics of our work, such as the ones emerging from the article The Art of Photographing Art, a spotlight pointing at the backstage of what happens in an auction house in the days before the exhibition and the sale.
Moreover, there are some focuses on gemstones, African Art and on a well-known foundry in Naples, the Chiurazzi Foundry. As for painting, two important rediscoveries: an interesting painting by Morbelli and a portrait of the Medici family by Sustermans. Among the objects, a couple of  18th-century mirrors belonging to the Corsini Princes and the centrepiece by Gio Ponti, realized in 1926 for the Italian embassies, have two dedicated articles.
We want to highlight then an extremely particular museum on the Golden Horn, in the heart of Istanbul, realized by Rahmi M. Koç, friend and client for more than 20 years of Marcello Cambi and his family. Bruno Cianci, after having described the structure of the Museum, tells us about the
genesis and the development of this extraordinary collection which tells us about art, industry and transports. Visiting it, it is impossible not to be infected by the enthusiasm of its founder. Since today, then, it will be possible to download the new iPhone app Cambi Casa d’Aste, with which, in an extremely simple and intuitive way, people will manage to find the lots for sale in future and past auctions, read the catalogues (divided by categories), make offers and take part in the Live Auctions directly from their mobile devices.
The issue is closed by a short economic report concerning the second half of 2011, with the best adjudications of the Auction House, from Contemporary to Oriental art.
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