Idyllically situated on a hillside on the outskirts of Bologna, the Villa of Fiero Ganolfini is a true feast for the eyes. The property boasts gorgeous views of the city, with an equally stunning interior.

The decor shows a great love for art and aesthetics by the Italian businessman and sportsman Fiero Gandolfini, who called the house Casa Bianca (White House.)

So who is Fiero Gandolfini?  His ambitions started from a young age, as Galdolfini played for the first team of the Virtus Bologna basketball club. He then went on to become an established businessman in the property sector and also was elected president of his former club. His sporting endeavours knew no bounds, as he became world champion in clay pigeon shooting.

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Left: walnut cabinet walnut with gold-plated bronze fittings, 18th century
Middle top: mirror with gilded wooden frame, 18th century
Middle below: Gilded chair with winged cherubim, 17./18. C
Right: sculpture, 19th century

The estate of Fiero Gandolfini will be going to auction at Wannenes. On 15th May, silver, icons and Russian objets d'art will be going under the hammer. The focus of the silver auction is four pieces by the London silversmith, Paul Storr, the undisputed champion of British silver during the 1800s. Particularly noteworthy is a pair of candlesticks from 1826, each with 4 arms, naturalistic decor and an amazing weight of 20 kilograms.

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Left: MANIFATTURA ANTONIBON - Majolica coffee pot
Middle: MANIFATTURA VIERO - Majolica table top
Right: PAUL STORR - Pair of silver candlesticks, London 1826

On 16th May Fiero Gandolfini's collection of European ceramics. Majolica pieces, classic cream-colored earthenware sculptures, such as Love crowning a Girl from the end of the 18th century and an adorable walking elephant, created by Helen König Scavini in 1930 for the ceramics and toy company LENCI.

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Left: MANIFATTURA FERNIANI (?) - The love of a girl crowning, earthenware, Faenza late 18th century
Right: HELENKÖNIG SCAVINI (1886-1974) - Walking elephant, polychrome ceramics, circa 1930

Check out the full catalogue here.

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