Wannenes was founded in 2001 with headquarters in Genoa. The history of the company has followed the antique traditions of the city of Genoa intending always to look beyond the present and benefit from the many and varied opportunities that an increasingly international market – as well as an increasingly more sophisticated and selective collecting public – demand today.
Over the years a large amount of art historians, antique dealers, gallery owners, directors of public and private museums, specialised journalists and sophisticated collectors has contributed to the success of the company. The number of auctions has increased as each year goes by and there have been openings of new offices in Rome in 2003 and in Milan in 2008. For Wannenes this has resulted in a significant increase in the number of staff as well as external consultants and experts.
Over these last few years, numerous objectives have been fulfilled, significant moments of a story that has unravelled amid a climate that has often been audacious and always gratifying for the company. This has been the case both in House Sales – several of which have taken place in houses of the utmost prestige - as well as in Department auctions such as the large altarpiece by Ludovico Brea depicting the Ascension of Christ acquired by the National Gallery of Genoa at Palazzo Spinola. The importance of this latter acquisition was additional proof of the careful and proven approach to the profession on behalf of Wannenes, an approach that reaches much further than mere economic advantage.
However, the most innovative part of the company has been the creation of the Private Treaty and Single Collections Division, a new Department that is specialised in the management and sale of private properties and that has placed the company at the highest level in the management of art collections in Italy, attracting the interest of a whole host of international collectors and museum curators towards a new way of buying and selling art and working within the art market. 25 themed auctions from 2009 to today for a total of 25,120,960 euro – exclusive relations, refined and exhaustive catalogues for collectors and connoisseurs who lave the pleasure of knowledge.
At the heart of all this activity is the Wannenes Art Magazine, a biannual magazine dedicated to the market and receptive to all the forces within and rotating around the world of art with a fashionable layout and full range of contents for an international readership that desires a nomadic and eclectic approach to the search for beauty.
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- How the Ancient Greeks created 1960s Op Art
- In the 1960s a new stylistic direction in art, known as OP art emerged. This new art form perplexed and amazed viewers, one work of art offered more than one perspective, depending on the positioning of the viewer's gaze. Out of this style came names such as Victor Vasarely, Carlos Cruz-Diez and Günther Uecker.
- Bidders from the U.K. and around the globe smash records for online auctions in Italy
- 2016 proved to be an incredibly successful year for the auction house Wannenes, check out our rundown of the past 12 months.
- Lights, furniture, auction: Masters of 20th century design
- More epic design will be going under the hammer in Genoa, in the form of Wannenes' sale on 15th December.
- Step inside Aladdin's cave...
- This month, Italian auction house Wannenes is like an Aladdin's cave of carpets, art, jewellery and silver.
- A Storr in the White House
- Wannenes sale this month will feature wine coolers by English silversmith Paul Storr, whose designs have made it all the way to the White House.
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