The first half of 2015 gave us great satisfactions thanks to the a series of prestigious sales that confirmed us on top of auction sales in Italy. From the sale of a beautiful Gallé glass collection and rare porcelains by Gio Ponti, to the extraordinary success of the auction Mario Panzano antique dealer, with an excellent performance for antique and ancient art and whose sale is illustrated in this issue by Lodovico Caumont Caimi, we came to the Milan auctions of jewelry and contemporary art, which broke all previous records, even doubling the 2014 overall sales turnover. The latter, in fact, have more than doubled last year’ s sales.
Extraordinary was the auction of Oriental art, with the sale for more than 2,400,000 euros of a rare porcelain moon flask. Finally, we must not forget the design, that, with results beyond expectations, confirmed us as leader in the market. Like the previous one, also this Autumn season will be full of events. From October 2015, we will hold the first Genoese auctions at Castello Mackenzie. We will open by offering an extraordinary collection of glass from Italian Renaissance to the 19th century, perhaps the most important sale ever held in Italy; the monographic catalogue edited by Margherita Gobbi and Carlo Peruzzo will for sure become a reference for collectors. In those days, there will also be the auction of fine art and old masters paintings focused on the sale of the property of the heirs of Ercole Martelli and the counts Quintavalle. The story of this extraordinary family and his collection is told in these pages by Francesca Olcese.
In November, there will be the biggest event ever organized in our Milan headquarters at Palazzo Serbelloni. The auctions of Modern and contemporary art, jewels, silvers, watches, majolica, 19th and 20thcentury sculpture, 20th-century decorative arts and Fine Art Selection will be concentrated in two days of sales only. On this occasion, two departments we wanted to further strengthen and develop will make their debut. In fact, we will present the first monographic catalogue dedicated to Watches and Pocket Watches by Francesca Tagliatti, head of the homonymous department, together with the catalogue of jewels, one of the sectors that reports the most relevant increase. We will also have the first sale exclusively dedicated to majolica and antique porcelain; the department is now under Gianni Asioli and Enrico Caviglia, outstanding and highly experienced personalities in the field, who, since this year, will take care of the sales that will be regularly organized in our Milan office.
A new entry in the department of arts of the 20th century is Marco Arosio; thanks to him, we will strengthen our propositions in the Milan area. Exceptional Fine Art Selection auction, where an extraordinary set of furniture by Giuseppe Maggiolini, a wonderful box in precious stones from Florentine Manifatture Granducali, a gorgeous Baroque, carved and guilt frame on a drawing by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a rare collection of old waxes, as well as selected paintings and sculptures will be on sale.
In this issue we are also pleased to present the interesting insights by Chiara Parisio on the neoclassical miniatures; by Giovanni Raspini on the 18th-century Italian silvers; by Carmen Ravanelli Guidotti on Renaissance majolica; by Andrea Pietro Mori on Fontana Arte production which is always in great demand, in Italy and abroad.