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French auction house Artcurial has three exceptional design sales scheduled for November 2019. Under the leadership of design experts Fabien Naudan and Emmanuel Bérard, the sales include Scandinavian Design on November 12th, French Masters on 19th November, and Italian Design on November 19th. Scandinavian design – 12th November 2019 Highlights of the sales include outstanding pieces by Hans J. Wegner, Alvar Aalto, Paavo Tynell and Poul Henningsen. Among those: Rare oak, cane and brass Dolphin...

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From Friday 24th May to Sunday 26th May 2019, the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba will be the exclusive and unique settings for the Concorso d’Eleganza, a regular event giving guests the chance to admire the finest historic cars and motorcycles of their eras. The Grand Hotel Villa d’Este is one of the world’s most iconic hotels, located on the shores of Lake Como, with around 50 historic cars built between the 1920s and...

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Sotheby’s Renaissance Revival collection was featured in the Magnificent Jewels auction in spring. Incorporating intricate enamel work, old mine diamonds, delicate seed pearls, ornate filigree and other enchanting details, the value of these pieces is dictated by the craftsmanship, magnificent, detailed designs and their historical significance. Originally popularised during the 19th century by master jewelers and goldsmiths such as Castellani and Giuliano, the collection is inspired by the classical antiquity unique to the Renaissance. These Renaissance inspired...

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Through innovative, clean and intricate craftsmanship, Michelozzo carved himself a legacy—one that has reverberated throughout the streets of Italy ever since. Michelozzo di Bartolomeo (1396-1472) was an Italian architect and sculptor. His vast contribution to the early Renaissance movement solidified him as one of the most prolific architects of all time. His ingenuity helped pave the way for the development of the central palazzo configuration that defines the visage of Italy—even to this day. Michelozzo...

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Rome offers some of the most desirable and extraordinary travel experiences the world has to offer. The Villa Spalletti Trivelli proves itself to be no exception. An elegant, early 20th-century villa owned by an Italian aristocratic family, Rome’s Villa Spalletti Trivelli is an opulent and intimate hideaway just steps away from the iconic Trevi Fountain. Two plush garden suites are located in the building across from Villa Spalletti Trivelli, connected via the villa’s garden. Each features a double bedroom, two...

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Florence is one of those rare places where the past and present live side by side. The cobblestone piazzas, bell towers, fortresses and palaces of the Renaissance are now home to a contemporary international style. In the same streets that nurtured the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, new Florentine artisans, designers and artists continue to impress the world with their ravishing creations. At Palazzo Tornabuoni beauty is seamlessly interwoven in thirty-eight elegant residences...

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Faraone, the high-end Italian jewelry brand established in 1860, has just launched Faraone Casa D’Aste, a brand new auction department. Well received by collectors and traders, the Faraone Casa D’Aste sees Faraone’s experienced team evaluate fine jewelry masterpieces of all periods, including many iconic brands, from single pieces to entire collections. Over the years, aficionados intrigued by the Faraone brand have included members of various noble families, such as Queen Margherita of Savoy, the Monegasque...

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 Italian fashion has always been immensely influential in terms of chic style, which has made these couture and ready-to-wear items desirable and collectable.  It’s 12 February 1951 and the stage is set for an event that will transform the face of fashion forever. A select group of American buyers and journalists are gathered in attendance at a Florentine villa belonging to Count Giovanni Battista Giorgini. A handful of models – some of whom are members...

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Tuscany, Italy: where its harmonious and tranquil environment allows people to set up home in ideal surroundings.  Helping homeowners make this dream a reality is Tuscan real estate agency Sole di Toscana which has been a force on the real estate market of the Province of Siena since 2007. Owned and founded by Monica who prides herself on helping people “realise their dreams”, the real estate agency specialises in the sale of villas, farmhouses renovated...

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