L’Antonina dal 1890 boasts an experience and a tradition of prestige and can be considered, with 125 years of history, one of the most ancient Italian auction house in business today.
Management relies on the expertise of the brothers Romiti, whose family beginnings, more than a century ago, the auction business under the name “Gallery Iandolo”, managed by Ugo de Villacinta Iandolo, great-uncle of Romiti. For the competence and passion of Mr. Iandolo, the Gallery, which was located in the Palace of Pope Pius V, at the corner of Via Flaminia and Piazzale delle Belle Arti, soon became one of the most important for the sale of art objects, counting in its prestigious clientele the most important names of roman and Italian aristocracy.
In 1930, the Gallery was transformed in auction house under the name of “L’Antonina” and moved the seat to Piazza di Spagna. The new entity, born from the collaboration between Alfredo Silvestri (well known expert in the antiquary environment not only roman) and Romolo Romiti (who had married the sister of Ugo Iandolo) took itas name from the particular religious devotion that the two owners had for Sant’Antonio da Padova.
When Romiti died, L’Antonina passed to the children Fabrizio and Antonio, the latter important art expert, tied for friendship to the largest Roman noble families and the world’s most important scientific and historical-artistic names (Brandi, Venturi, Argan, Zeri).
In those years, the auction house with its usual professionalism keeps its activity of collecting and selling art objects, consolidating fame and prestige also outside Italy. After the death of Fabrizio are substitutes, in succession, the sons Giampiero, Massimo and Andrea Romiti, who collaborated with Antonio until 1985 and took over the entire company. Since 1999 Markonet.it entered in the share capital, contributing to the new course of the auction house and bringing new life to the historical tradition.
Both for buyers of auctions that for people who for sale entrust their antique goods, the name of Antonina dal 1890 has become, after 125 years of activity, synonymous with safety and reliability. The mission of Antonina dal 1890 is always stable: enter homes with elegant antiques realistically assessed, without undergoing the influence of mode and without being trailed by large speculation.
Objective evaluation and competitive prices: this because the lots shall be taken, in good part, directly from the source (hereditary divisions, corporate assets or replacements of furnishings, private residences) without steps through intermediaries.
Today Antonina dal 1890 has over 10,000 customers; the number of surfers visiting the online catalogue is around 4,000 units for auction, site visitors are a hundred per day.
Antonina dal1890 can be called the auction house of Rome, with a management related to the city, of which environment it knows the needs and the most important moments of operating history. This website is the heart of the new organization; it contains, in addition to the operating description, the complete catalogue of lots for sale and the prices achieved by those sold in previous auctions. A procedure collects reserved bids and automatically informs by SMS on mobile phone for any award. Through the site it’s possible to get a free estimate service for anyone who wants an evaluation of his objects.
In support of activities were included ancillary services such as restoration and specialized transport; it is also possible to obtain funding to facilitate the purchase as requiring immediate deposits on future sales.