Ancient and Traditional Arts
Live Auction: Saturday, October 31, 2015, 10am est
Exhibition: October 29-30, 11am-5pm
Lots 1-178: The Piero and Paola Ferro Collection: Antique Chinese Amber, Jade, Archeo Gold and Talismans
Lots 179-775: Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs & Textiles
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Material Culture’s upcoming auction, “Ancient and Traditional Arts,” is a sale with such breadth of outstanding art and artifacts that it has been divided into a two-part event. The full day of sales begins at 10 AM, on Saturday, October 31, 2015, opening with the Piero and Paola Ferro collection of antique Chinese amber, jade, archeological gold and talismans. Part two, “Asian, Ethnographic Arts, Antique Oriental Rugs and Textiles,” a wealth of topnotch pieces in these categories, will commence at a time to be determined by the pace of bidding.
The Piero and Paola Ferro Collection (Lots 1-178)
Piero and Paola Ferro, of Milan, Italy, found their artistic calling as jewelry designers and craftspeople, drawing inspiration from antique, original pieces that they collected on their wide-ranging and frequent travels across Asia and the Middle East. Their brand, established in 1986, brings a strong multiethnic imprint to modern design, incorporating found pieces from these journeys in a synthesis of centuries and continents. A dedicated globetrotter, Piero Ferro began buying antiques abroad in 1978, and when he and Paola met in 1982, they began traveling together, seeking out treasures to resell to European dealers as a means of making their passion for travel into a business. Eventually, the precious stones, pearls, artifacts and jewelry fragments they found inspired their own designs, and they began traveling in part to source these incomparable materials. But on all of their trips, they would keep something truly exceptional or captivating for themselves—and this collection, the harvest of their extensive travels, is what Material Culture is proud to bring to market in this sale.