The Decorative Arts of the 20th Century and Design Department, opened in 2013, is a leader in the sector among Italian auction houses and an important benchmark for collectors, designers, architects and enthusiasts.

The department has been facing a constant growth in revenues as well as an increase in international bidders and saleroom, phone and online participation, with awards exceeding over 80% of sold lots on average.

The careful selection of the works, the traceability of the provenance and the analysis of the historical-archival documentation, are the strategic elements on which the department focuses the selection of the lots, ranging from lighting to seating, from unique pieces to limited editions.

Among the most significant achievements, we mention the group of furniture by Carlo Mollino for Casa M. in Turin and for the “Casa del Sole” in Cervinia, which together reached a total of € 347,500, the “Connubio ferro e vetro” by Umberto Bellotto sold for € 175,000, the “Brick” screen attributed to Eileen Gray for € 93,750 and the “Scottish” vase by Flavio Bianconi sold for € 112,500. Ettore Sottsass, Gio Ponti, Franco Albini, Ignazio Gardella, Ico Parisi, BBPR and Max Ingrand are confirmed as the most valued and attractive authors.


Auction June 24 and 25, 2021 | Decorative Arts of the 20th Century and Design

Crossing the major 20th century epochs and styles, a refined selection in quality and provenance leads the Decorative Arts of the 20th Century and Design auction, held in viapitteridieci on June 24 and 25, 2021, ending with excellent results: over € 1 MLN total sold, 80% of sold lots and +188% sold by value.

Where the presented pieces are the outcome of an accurate research and thoroughness, the auction results confirm that the audience of collectors and professionals responds with enthusiasm and attention, confidently ranging the salient movements and currents of 20th century design and decorative arts. The provenance traceability, the specific literature, awards and exhibition verification help to qualify the most important lots and consolidate their intrinsic value."  Stefano Andrea Poli (Head of the Decorative Arts of the 20th Century and Design Department)

A catalogue characterised by historically and artistically important items, as well as a rich exhibition curricula engage the many bidders in attendance, on the phones and online. The protagonists are the vase by Ercole Barovier and Art Nouveau luminaries signed by Tiffany Studios, the refined folding screen by Alphonse Mucha and the sculpture by René Lalique. Disputed in a quest between art and design, the creations by Nanda Vigo, Ettore Sottsass and Archizoom Associati attract the collectors attention, together with the provocative counterbalance to the historic Italian design of BBPR, Franco Albini, Gae Aulenti, Osvaldo Borsani, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Gino Sarfatti and Carlo Scarpa with a particular emphasis on drawings. 


Video Preview | Decorative Arts of the 20th Century and Design Auction, 24 and 25 June 2021.

A preview by Stefano Poli, Head of Department of Decorative Arts of the 20th Century and Design, presenting the intriguing proposals from the catalogue of the upcoming sale of 24 and 25 June 2021.