NEW YORK—Sotheby’s sale of 19th-century paintings and sculpture in Milan on Dec. 18 realized €1.5million ($2.2million), down from the €2.4million ($3.5million) total of last December (ANL, 1/8/08). Of 104 lots on offer, 54, or 52 percent, found buyers. By value the auction was 60 percent sold. All of the top lots sold within or above estimate, and the two highest lots set records for their respective artists.
Petriolo Presso Firenze, 1884, a bucolic depiction of a village on the outskirts of Florence by Adolfo Tommassi (1851–1933), sold for €300,750 ($440,229) on an estimate of €250,000/350,000.
Carlo Ferrari’s Veduta di Piazza delle Erbe Verona, 1851–52, depicting the plaza at the center of economic and political life in Verona, more than doubled the estimate of €50,000/70,000 to sell for €147,150 ($215,394). Antonino Leto’s landscape Capri, circa 1893, soared far beyond the €30,000 high estimate to sell for €90,750 ($132,837), and Virgilio Constantini’s Déguisement sold for €84,750 ($124,055) against an estimate of €20,000/30,000. Bozzetto Per Scena Di Un Matrimonio Sulle Acque Fiume Göksu, a modestly estimated painting by Fausto Zonara (1891–1929), leaped to €43,950 ($64,333), far surpassing the €6,000/8,000 estimate.
Among other top works, La Coppia, circa 1905, a painting by Giovanni Boldini (1842–1931), sold for €132,750 ($194,315) on an estimate of €100,000/150,000. Giovanni Migliara’s Veduta Del Cortile dell’I R. Palazzo del Governo, 1834, brought €96,750 ($141,620) on an estimate of €85,000/120,000, and Eugenio Cecconi’s I Cacciatori doubled its €15,000/20,000 estimate to bring €46,350 ($67,846).