Antiquities

Collecting antiquities is not just the wish to surround oneself with rare, fascinating objects, but it is also the desire to get closer to that world of antiques that is rooted in our culture. It is historical understanding, aesthetic enjoyment, the appreciation of the skills of a past that still speaks to us through its technical quality and formal beauty. For this reason, antiquities collectors and lovers are particularly demanding regarding the authenticity and provenance of artifacts.

Since 1997 the Pandolfini auction house has been involved in the sale of antiquities and is now the national benchmark for this sector. Being aware of the importance of the past and of the high cultural value of its artifacts, Pandolfini guarantees the highest level of quality of the auctioned objects and compliance with current regulations. The objects we propose are always accompanied by a certificate of provenance attesting the legitimate ownership, and are already known to the relevant Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

The auctions are prepared in collaboration with and under the control of the national authorities responsible for the protection of the archaeological heritage (Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali and Comando Carabinieri Tutela del Patrimonio Culturale). It is important to keep in mind that since 2004, with the new Cultural Heritage and Landscape Regulations, archaeological finds related to national heritage (i.e. produced by the cultures documented in the Italian area) cannot be exported.

The antiquities auctions, that take place once a year, select the best of what is available on the Italian and foreign market in the field of Classical, Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology. In addition to extremely rare and valuable stone sculptures and Greek painted pottery, in our sales it is possible to find Etruscan and South Italian artifacts, architectural elements and Roman mosaics, glass unguentaria, transport containers and precious Egyptian handcrafted products.

Recently renovated, the Antiquities department is able, in line with Pandolfini’s tradition, to meet the demands of clients as selective and careful as are antiquity collectors.
head of department
head of department
Paolo Persano