Art of glass

Dino Martens, circa 1953Estimate:$16 025-17 094Result: $247 064 Dino Martens, circa 1953
Estimate:$16 025-17 094
Result: $247 064

Vintage Murano glass proved a hit in Italy last year. Cambi's Murano 1890-1990: A century of glass art on 16th June saw hammer prices exceed their high estimates.

Venini, Paolo, 1954Estimate: $6 409 -8 547Result: $267 094 Venini, Paolo, 1954
Estimate: $6 409 -8 547
Result: $267 094

Old Masters up to new tricks

Rossello di Jacapo Franchi (1376 / 77-1456 Florence) - Madonna dell'UmiltàEstimate:$160 256 - 21 3676Result: $333 869 Rossello di Jacapo Franchi (1376 / 77-1456 Florence) - Madonna dell'Umiltà
Estimate:$160 256 - 21 3676
Result: $333 869

On November 15, a record price for an Old Masters work sold at Cambi was set. Humble Madonna by the Florentine painter Rossello di Jacopo Franchi sold for $333 869 (312 500 EUR.)

Giovanni Antonio pair of paintings, circa 1740Estimate:$373 932-427 352Result: $594 554 Giovanni Antonio pair of paintings, circa 1740
Estimate:$373 932-427 352
Result: $594 554

Venetian artist Giovanni Antonio is largely known for his Canaletto, canal scenes of his hometown. This pair of landscapes are a rare example of the artist's work which does not feature a canal scene. For this reason, the paintings were sold for $594 554 (556 500 EUR) fair exceeding the high estimate.

Tuscan treasures

A rare apothecary vase from Damascus, Syria, 15th centuryEstimate: $26 708-32 050 Result: $233 708 A rare apothecary vase from Damascus, Syria, 15th century
Estimate: $26 708-32 050
Result: $233 708

Two days later, a rare apothecary vase, made in Syrian Damascus in the 15th century sold for $233 708 (218 750 EUR.) The piece was made for the European market, more precisely Florence, as it bears a Tuscan coat of arms.

Estimated to fetch between $42 593-53 241 (40 000-50 000 EUR) you can imagine the surprise when this French Louis XV rosewood writing desk sold for $226 277 (212 500 EUR.)

Asian Art on top

Large vase, jadeite, China, early 20th centuryEstimate:$21 367-32 050 Result: $86 806 Large vase, jadeite, China, early 20th century
Estimate:$21 367-32 050
Result: $86 806

Figure, Mahakala, bronze, China, Qing Dynasty, mark of the Qianlong period (1736-1795)Estimate:$213 676 - 320 514Result: $280 450 Figure, Mahakala, bronze, China, Qing Dynasty, mark of the Qianlong period (1736-1795)
Estimate:$213 676 - 320 514
Result: $280 450

Huanghuali wood with fine altar,China, Qing Dynasty, 19th centuryEstimate:$5 340-8 547Result: $644 074 Huanghuali wood with fine altar,China, Qing Dynasty, 19th century
Estimate:$5 340-8 547
Result: $644 074

Chinese decorative arts proved a hit with bidders from around the globe. A Chinese altar from the 19th century, which had been estimated at a moderate $5 324 - 8 518 (5 000-8 000 EUR) before the auction. The intricately carved altar was made of Huanghuali wood, a very valuable material used for high-quality furniture during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The hammer came down at an outstanding $644 074, making it the highest price ever paid in Italy for a piece of furniture.

 

 

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