Masters of time

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Left: Breguet et Cie - Astronomical watch made of oak, enamel and gilded bronze, France mid-19th century

Right: Mahogany clock, gilded bronze and enamel, France mid-19th century

Today, from 3pm CET outstanding examples of the watch craftsmanship will feature at the Italian auction house. An astronomical clock by Breguet et Cie from the mid 19th century crafted out ofoak wood and decorated with gilded bronze applications is a stunning timepiece. The white enamel dials features both Roman numerals and Arabic numerals. The ebonised wood planetarium has a year calendar with months and days as well as the zodiacal signs, moon phases, and the planetary system.

Old Master drawings

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Left: Alessandro Magnasco (Genoa 1667-1749) - Penitent Saint, watercolour and lead white / paper

Right:19th century School - Madonna and Child, watercolour and pencil / paper, according to Francesco Albani

On 17th May, more than two hundred Old Master drawings will be up for auction. Particularly noteworthy is the expressive work of the painter Alessandro Magnasco. Magnasco, who was born in Genoa but created most of his works in Milan, preferred to paint religious scenes or members of the clergy.

Old Master paintings

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Left: Guido Reni (Bologna 1575-1642) - The suicide of the Lucrezia Romana, Oil / Lwd., circa 1622/23

Right: Unknown neoclassical artist - Madonna and Child, oil / panel, late 18th century

On the same day, the Old Master paintings sale will take place. The suicide of the Lucrezia Romana, by the Italian baroque painter Guido Reni will be part of the sale. The scene is part of the founding myth of the Roman Republic in the 6th century BC: The respectable Romanine Lucrezia is raped and commits suicide. The perpetrator was a member of the then Etruscan rulership of the Tarquinians, which still ruled Rome. The deed led to the uprising of the Romans and the founding of the republic. The fate of the Lucrezia was depicted by many painters and literary figures, including Tizian and Dante Alighieri.


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Left: Silver plate with polychromatic enamel, Bologna 20th century

On the right: Guiseppe Spagna - silver coffee pot, wood handle, Rome, end of the 18th century

On the final day of auctions, the silver collection will include great pieces by Italian and European masters. The Roman silver smith Guiseppe Spagna created this coffeepot in the classical style, with a spout shaped as a head. From the Art Nouveau period comes this enchanting silver platter depicting a mystic-maritime scene.

15th-19th century Majolica

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Left: Majolica Service, 21 parts, Naples, mid 18th century

Right: Majolica cup with saucer, Lodi, manufactory Antonio Ferretti, ca. 1765-1770

Cambi Casa d'Aste will present an excellent collection of the traditional Italian handicraft of Majolica. The auction features pieces from the beginnings of the Italian Majolica through to 19th century, when the style had a great resurgence in popularity.

Across three days of auctions, more than 1 000 pieces will be auctioned. Check out the full catalogue here.