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Each piece ranged across the Dover Street gallery’s exhibition space is accompanied by a note detailing its provenance, offering some insight into the often grand families (Borghese and Rothschild among others) who either commissioned or previously owned the pieces.

For example: an Italian carved gilt-wood and marble mounted console table reputed to have been commissioned by the Borghese family, and a Portrait of Homer with a Violin by Baldassare Franceschini (Il Volterrano) commissioned by Giancarlo de Medici in the 17th century.

The show is a chance to see and acquire such works, and is also for contemporary collectors to look back on pieces owned by some of their aristocratic, spiritual forebears.

It launched as part of London Art Week and runs until January 19 with prices ranging from €100,000 to approximately €1.2m.

The gallery specialises in fine art from the 15th to the 21st century and also has locations in Milan and St Moritz.

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