Old Master and 19th century Drawings and Prints

The Department of Old Master and 19th century Drawings and Prints enriches the offer of Pandolfini auction house directed to the clientele of collectors of ancient and 19th-century art by organizing sales dedicated to this fascinating sector, sales that in recent years have shown an increasing interest in works on paper.

Our intention is to encourage this growing attention by continuing to pursue the research, evaluation and offer of drawings and prints by the best-known and most important Italian and foreign masters as well as by authors still little known to the international public but always characterized by excellent quality and considerable historical and artistic interest.

The catalogs that accompany our sales propose for each work a careful analysis that brings out not only its stylistic characteristics but also its technical ones, providing information about the papers, watermarks, techniques of the drawings and printed sheets, the quality of the impressions and their state of preservation: a guide to purchase within a sector of strong specialization.

Pandolfini auction house's choice to offer prints and drawings belonging to a very wide temporal and geographical scope, from the high period to the 19th century, in line with what happens at major international auction houses, allows it to be able to offer the public unique opportunities to acquire works by great artists.

Among the many notable adjudications in the Drawings and Prints Department are the portrait of a young woman by Rosalba Carriera adjudicated at €20,000 and the portrait of two children by Gaetano Gandolfi at €60,000, the Moses making the waters flow by Felice Giani (€26,250), and the colorful album with birds from the workshop of Giovanni da San Giovanni (€18,750).

In the modern sector there were excellent results for the black pastel on paper applied to cardboard signed Edgar Degas, Femme s'essuyant le pied, which fetched €40,000, the pastel on paper signed Camille Pissarro with Paysanne Assises, which sold for €106,250, and Port de Collioure by Henri Matisse, which realized €137,500.

Excellent feedback also came from the world of collector de l'amateur d'estampes sensitive to the fascination of the most important peintre-graveurs sheets: the album containing the complete and homogeneous series of 21 engravings signed Giovanni Battista Piranesi was sold for €37,500 while the rare world map engraved by Cornelis De Jode (Totius orbis cogniti universalis descriptio) fetched €18,750.

The experts of Drawings and Prints Department are available to all those who wish to propose works on paper in their possession by offering a free, professional and confidential valuation.


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