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Here is a list of the meanings of the terms used in the descriptive cards of the works in the catalogue:

NAME of the ARTIST: according to us, a possible work of the artist mentioned; 

ASCRIBED TO ...: we think that it could be a work of the artist mentioned, completely or partially; 

WORKSHOP OF / SCHOOL OF...: according to us, the work was made by an unknown person working in the workshop of the mentioned artist, which can have been created under the direction or not of the artist or in the years following his death;

CIRCLE OF ...: according to us, the work was created by an unknown hand, not necessarily a disciple of the mentioned artist; 

DISCIPLE OF ...: according to us, the work was created by an author working with the same style of the mentioned artist; 

STYLE OF / MANNER OF ...: according to us, the work was created in the style of the mentioned artist but in a following period;  

FROM ...: it seems a copy of a well-known work by the mentioned artist, but with an imprecise date; 

“signed” / “dated”: according to us, the work seems signed and dated by the artist who made it; 

“signature and/or date inscribed”: it seems that these data were added by hand or in a period different from the one of the mentioned artist;

“century ...”: dating with a simply indicative value which can have a margin of approximation; 

IN STYLE ...: according to us, the work is in the mentioned style even if it was created in a following period; 

“restorations/defects”: the goods sold during the auctions, since they are ancient or used, are almost completely subject to restorations and integrations and/or substitutions. The wording will be mentioned only in the cases in which the interventions are considered by the experts of the auction house well above the average and can compromise, at least partially, the authenticity of the lot; 

“ancient elements”: the objects were assembled using elements and material of previous periods.



Cambi Casa d'Aste is at your disposal for free valuations of objects to sell. A preliminary valuation can be carried out on pictures with all necessary information to concerning the object (dimensions, signatures, state of preservation) and all possible documentation. By appointment, it is possible to carry out home valuations. 

Before the auctions, it will be necessary to set a reserve price, the minimum amount under which the lot cannot be sold. This price is strictly confidential and it could be inferior, equal or superior to the estimate of the catalogue and it will be protected by the auctioneer by special raisings. If the reserve price won’t be reached, the lot will be considered as unsold. On the hammer price, the auction house will deduct a commission of 15% (varying depending on the item's nature, with a minimum of € 30) and 1% as insurance refund.

At the moment of the delivery of the lots to the auction house, the seller will receive a receipt with the descriptions of the lots and the reserve prices agreed on. Later, it will be necessary to sign the warrant of sale with all contractual conditions, reserve prices, numbers of the lot/s and possible additional charges for the client.

Before the auction, the seller will receive a copy of the catalogue with his objects.  

After the auction, each seller will receive a report with a list of all his objects and relevant adjudications.

For unsold lots, it will be possible to agree on a reduction of the reserve price giving the necessary time to carry out further attempts to sell them, also with private negotiations. If not, the lots will have to be collected by the seller at his expenses within 30 days after the auction. After this date, the seller will have to pay the cost of transportation and custody.

In no case, Cambi will be held responsible for the loss or the damaging of the lots let in the warehouse of the auction house, if they are caused by changes of humidity or temperature, fair wear or slow deterioration due to all kind of intervention on the good by third parties on behalf of the seller, or by hidden defects (included woodworms).


After 30 working days since the date of the auction, Cambi will pay the amount due for the sale with a cheque to be collected in our offices or with a bank transfer on a bank account registered in the lots owner’s name, if the purchaser fulfilled the obligation he took with the adjudication and there had not been any claims or controversies concerning the items sold. At the time of payment, Cambi will issue an invoice with a detail of the adjudications, the commissions and other possible costs. In any case, Cambi will pay the seller only after having received the payment by the purchaser.



Cambi experts are available to carry out written expertise for insurances, heritage sharing, private sales or other goals, paying compensation adequate to the nature and the quantity of work necessary.   

For information and meetings please contact the offices of the auction house at Castello Mackenzie


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