19th and 20th Century Paintings

The 19th and 20th Century Paintings department is the flagship of the Auction House.

The experts at Gregory’s have always approached 19th and 20th-century painting with passion, working diligently to promote both nationally and internationally recognized artists and works, as well as unique and undiscovered pieces, through thorough research and selection. It’s a constantly expanding department that responds with great expertise to the ever-growing and lively interest of collectors.

Gregory’s can boast one of the highest auction prices in Italy for Fausto Zonaro (1854 – 1929), with the unpublished masterpiece “Traveling on the Bosphorus,” a significant oil on canvas that sold at auction for €167,280 and was subsequently exhibited in the ‘FAUSTO ZONARO – Life and Light between Ottoman Splendors and the Italian Belle Époque’ show held in Florence in April 2015.

Additionally, among the orientalist-themed paintings, there is the watercolor on paper “Constantinople’s Harbour from Koum Kapou” by Count Amadeo Preziosi (1816 – 1882), which was auctioned for €31,980.

The works included in Gregory’s catalogs are primarily concentrated in the period from the early 19th century to the early 20th century, with many spanning the turn of the century. Artworks from the Romantic period and those approaching Impressionism and Divisionism are particularly sought after.

The department features Italian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Giovanni Boldini, Giacomo Favretto, Carlo Grubax, Giuseppe Coen, Angelo Inganni, Giovan Battista Filosa, and Attilio Pratella, who enjoy established national and international interest. Artists like Gaetano Bellei and Eugenio Zampighi, known for their genre scenes, have gained recognition both nationally and internationally. Notable is the highly successful auction of Bellei’s work “Girotondo,” which sold at Gregory’s for €34,720.

Furthermore, among the most significant auction results, there is an unusual view of Venice titled “Snow on the Grand Canal” by Giuseppe Cannella, sold for over €27,000.

There is also a growing interest from decorators and architects who seek to enhance contemporary spaces with valuable 19th and 20th-century paintings, enriched with the charm of a more recent past.

The Gregory’s team of experts provides the best guidance for the purchase or sale of 19th and 20th-century paintings, helping to create and enhance outstanding collections. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, and you can consult our past auctions to view already sold lots.

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