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Experience Italy: How to combine visits to beautiful towns and cities with an antiques buying trip

23 May 2022

Visit to beautiful towns and cities can be combined with an antiques buying trip

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Catering to the Victorian tourist

18 April 2022

By the 1850s, tourist travel to Middle East created strong demand for photographs as souvenirs.

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Colnaghi’s Renaissance showcase includes bust by Donatello

04 April 2022

Old Masters dealership Colnaghi is collaborating with Direzione regionale Musei Veneto and Venetian Heritage on an exhibition of Renaissance sculptures to coincide with the 59th Venice Biennale.

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Rome gallery makes Bourbon drawing sale to Hamburg museum

04 April 2022

Antonacci Lapiccirella Fine Art of Rome has sold a pencil drawing depicting Maria Luisa de Bourbon to The Hamburger Kunsthalle.

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Books and works on paper: Dante and discovery delights

21 March 2022

Venetian edition of Commedia, lunar map and account of Polar voyages surface in Milan.

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Six pieces of 20th century furniture selling in Italy

21 February 2022

You can always find stylish pieces at 20th century design sales held by Italian auction houses. Here are some highlights from recent sales at Wannenes in Genoa on December 15-16 and Colasanti in Rome on October 7-8.

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Looted bodhisattva sculpture returned to India via Italy

15 February 2022

With help from Christopher Marinello’s Art Recovery International, an 8th-9th century bodhisattva sculpture, looted from a temple in India has been recovered.

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The web shop window: symbolist's painting of owls

17 January 2022

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Manuscript missing for 30 years returns to Italy

11 October 2021

Part of a medieval manuscript stolen in Italy more than 30 years ago has been returned with the help of London firm Bloomsbury Auctions.

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Rare and costly Ptolemaic prize discovered in Turin

30 August 2021

Estimated at €50,000 but sold for €405,000 (£346,275) in a sale held in Turin by was a 1482 edition of Ptolemy’s Cosmographia.

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Repeat performance: early examples in the quest for workable rapid-fire weapons

19 July 2021

Very soon after the gun was invented men were trying to find ways of speeding up the process of reloading powder and shot to obtain a superior rate of fire.

J Jarre and Co ‘harmonica’ pistol

‘Harmonica’ pistol from the 1860s stars in our weekly pick of five auction highlights

02 July 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare J Jarre & Co second type ‘harmonica’ pistol that made over four-times estimate in Italy.

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Italy seeks to open its art market with export threshold changes

28 June 2021

The export of Italian art has become easier following changes made to the country’s cultural laws.

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Symbol of love and faithfulness bid to seven-times estimate

05 April 2021

This 19th century Carrara marble group by the Florentine sculptor Odoardo Fantacchiotti featured in Genoa on March 16.

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Why armour still shone well after its use had faded

01 February 2021

Such was the demand for suits of armour from late 19th and early 20th century collectors that European master armourers were kept hard at work long after the practical need for such protective wear had passed.

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De Chirico’s mysterious squares emerge in two countries

16 November 2020

Throughout his long career, Giorgio de Chirico often returned to the subject ‘Piazza d’Italia’, one of the most familiar images among his metaphysical paintings.

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Venetian abbey buys northern Renaissance devotional oil

19 October 2020

Turin dealership Caretto & Occhinegro Gallery has sold a previously unpublished oil by Jan Matsys (c.1510-75) to the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

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Ideal if you take a shot in the dark

05 October 2020

Firearms curiosa have long been a fascinating avenue for the collector to explore and this intriguing combined flintlock and lamp of c.1800 made €8500 (£7800) at Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) on September 19.

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Zeus shield and grotesque mask armour

05 October 2020

Armour made a strong showing at the sale held in Sarzana by Italian arms specialist Czerny (20% buyer’s premium) on September 19.

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Meissen figure groups make key contribution to auction of Müller-Frei collection

13 July 2020

The sale of the Müller-Frei collection of paintings and decorative arts held by Koller (25% buyer’s premium) in Zurich last month included two early 18th century Meissen figure groups that outstripped their estimates.