Art of glass

Dino Martens, circa 1953 Estimate:£12 791-13 644Result: £197 200 Dino Martens, circa 1953
Estimate:£12 791-13 644
Result: £197 200

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: £5 116 -6822Result: £213 187 Venini, Paolo, 1954
Estimate: £5 116 -6822
Result: £213 187

Old Masters up to new tricks

Rossello di Jacapo Franchi (1376 / 77-1456 Florence) - Madonna dell'UmiltàEstimate:£127 912 - 170 550Result: £266 485 Rossello di Jacapo Franchi (1376 / 77-1456 Florence) - Madonna dell'Umiltà
Estimate:£127 912 - 170 550
Result: £266 485

On 15th November, 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 £266 609 (312 500 EUR.)

Giovanni Antonio pair of paintings, circa 1740Estimate:£298 462-341 100Result: £474 556 Giovanni Antonio pair of paintings, circa 1740
Estimate:£298 462-341 100
Result: £474 556

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 £474 770 (556 500 EUR) fair exceeding the high estimate.

Tuscan treasures

A rare apothecary vase from Damascus, Syria, 15th centuryEstimate:£21 318-25 582Result: £186 539 A rare apothecary vase from Damascus, Syria, 15th century
Estimate:£21 318-25 582
Result: £186 539

Two days later, a rare apothecary vase, made in Syrian Damascus in the 15th century sold for £186 626 (218 750 EUR.) The piece was made for the European market, more precisely Florence, as it bears a Tuscan coat of arms.

Louis XV-desk in rosewood, France 18th centuryEstimate: £34 110-42 637Result: £18 1209 Louis XV-desk in rosewood, France 18th century
Estimate: £34 110-42 637
Result: £18 1209

Estimated to fetch between £34 126-42 657 (40 000-50 000 EUR) you can imagine the surprise when this French Louis XV rosewood writing desk sold for £181 294 (212 500 EUR.)

Asian Art on top

Large vase, jadeite, China, early 20th centuryEstimate:£17 055-25 582Result: £69 286 Large vase, jadeite, China, early 20th century
Estimate:£17 055-25 582
Result: £69 286

Figure, Mahakala, bronze, China, Qing Dynasty, mark of the Qianlong period (1736-1795)Estimate:£170 550 - 255 825Result: £223 847 Figure, Mahakala, bronze, China, Qing Dynasty, mark of the Qianlong period (1736-1795)
Estimate:£170 550 - 255 825
Result: £223 847

Huanghuali wood with fine altar,China, Qing Dynasty, 19th centuryEstimate:£4 263-6 822Result:£514 081 Huanghuali wood with fine altar,China, Qing Dynasty, 19th century
Estimate:£4 263-6 822
Result:£514 081

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 £4265 - 6 825 (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 £514 321, making it the highest price ever paid in Italy for a piece of furniture.

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