Department of Ancient Paintings
The Department is the longest running of the Auction House. Organize two annual sales, one in spring and one in autumn. The auctions feature works by important masters and their students, as well as minor authors or more generic schools with particular attention to works of Neapolitan production. In the auctions, oils on wood, canvas and other supports are presented, distinguished by genre and subject, sculptures in wood, terracotta and marble; drawings and engravings; silver and porcelain; furnishings. Our catalogs include paintings, sculptures and drawings by some of the most well-known authors on the Italian scene, but above all belonging to the production of the southern area with particular attention to the works of Neapolitan production and specifically of the 17th century which are mostly brought to our attention. . However, our sales also include works by authors from the Northern European scene, French, Flemish, Dutch and German. In almost twenty years of activity, many extraordinary sales have been made. In December 2010 two important auctions entered the history of the company: the beautiful San Guglielmo di Malavalle in meditation by Mattia Preti was sold for almost €110,000.00 and the canvas by Gaspare Traversi, coming from Palazzo Carafa, Mandolinata exceeded €180,000.00. In May of the same year an important Mattia Preti, The Return of the Prodigal Son was sold for the record sum of €234,925.00.
In May 2011 a monumental Salvator Rosa, Death of Archimedes was sold for almost €100,000.00. Among the most important records set for painters from the northern area, it is worth mentioning the sale in November 2014 of the beautiful oil on panel Leonardo da Pistoia, depicting Cleopatra, estimated at €25,000/35,000 and sold for a good €110,700.00. Among the most recent auctions we note the beautiful pair of canvases by Domenico Gargiulo, known as Micco Spadaro depicting scenes from the life of Moses sold in 2015 for almost €160,000.00 and the pair of museum canvases by Leonardo Coccorante sold in 2018 for more than € 80,000.00.