19th century Paintings and Sculptures

This department deals with Italian and European works of art dating from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. Sales take place every six months, often with a specifically compiled catalogue.

The main focus of this department is Italian works of art dating mostly to the second half of the Nineteenth century. The principal stylistic features of this group of painters and their schools spawned a movement of imitators who were productive up to the Twentieth century and whose works are considered part of this department rather than that of Modern and Contemporary art. This department provides valuations not only of fine art but also of bronze and marble sculpture, drawings and etchings by artists representative of regional Italian and European schools.

"This year too the Pandolfini auction house presents interesting and extremely original events on the cultural and intellectual history of the Italian Fascist period". Tuscany, March 2008

Italian artists of this period, such as Boldini, De Nittis, Segantini, Favretto, Hayez, Pasini , Pellizza da Volpedo and Fattori, on account of their historico-artistic background and critical acclaim have gained international renown and now occupy a consolidated position on the international art market. Conversely, the market for other equally famous and important artists, such as Pratella, Michetti, Gemito, Ghiglia and other significant Italian nineteenth-century painters, is limited to Italian buyers, mainly based in their region of origin. In order to tackle this limiting pattern, in recent years art historians have brought this part of Italy's artistic heritage to the public's attention with ever more focussed exhibitions and monographs on artists about whom it had previously been difficult even to find iconographic material. The principal objective is to move these artists beyond the confines of their local market.

Through this publicity of the works on offer at their auctions, Pandolfini Auction House also aims to bring to attention and increase the value of nineteenth-century paintings and works of art. Thanks to the publication of catalogues, these works come to the attention and are discovered by scholars, collectors and organizations devoted to the conservation and collection of the regional and Italian artistic heritage.

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