by Mauro Tajocchi
The utmost quality matched with a consistent uniqueness of manufacture were the most remarkable elements of 2015 for the Department of Furnishings and Decorative Arts – the leading Department, yet again, this year with a turnover of 3,069,080 euro. The finest illustration of this feat – a record in itself for the Auction House in 2015 – must go to a splendid pair of altar candelabras in copper gilt and coral from the 17th century which sold for 297,600 euro. The candelabras hailed from the rare and refined corpus of works in coral from the Giuseppe Tirenna collection in Palermo, Sicily. This was followed by an elegant English drop-leaf chest of drawers from the collection of the Genoese antiquarian, Luca Vivioli, in lacquered wood from the 18th century and decorated with chinoiserie motifs, with scenes and figures set against landscapes in gold on a red background; under the hammer at 55,800 euro.