Roldán Subastas de Arte – Auction House

Ripamonte, 1933
Fornasetti, 1954

Roldán is a fine arts and antiques auction house located in the most exclusive art gallery district of Buenos Aires. Once a month, in the luxurious arts section of the Retiro neighborhood, Roldán auctions off several hundred paintings, sculptures and other art objects, furniture, and antique collectibles such as china tea services, vases, lamps, and decorative items, all of international origin.

Recent past auctions have ministered the sales of such pieces as the 1933 oil painting “Día de Fiesta” by Argentine painter Carlos Pablo Ripamonte, which garnered a price of $25,783, and a stunning collection of 24 porcelain plates by Piero Fornasetti with Renaissance-style murals of Adam and Eve tiling the set, dating from 1954. The set went for $5,269. Chinese jade, French bronze, and Italian marble all appear in abundance, in the form of statues, fountains, sinks, candlesticks, and sculptures.

Some choice contemporary pieces are put on the stand each month, as well. Most notably, a few León Ferrari engravings fetched a few thousand dollars each in November 2007, when they were sold alongside other more recent pieces such as Benito Laren’s 2005 enamel and paper “Modelo Gastronomico” and drawings by Adolfo Nigro from 2003.

Along with the monthly auctions, Roldán has a permanent sale hall where guests are invited to browse the collection of European and Argentine paintings, art objects, and furniture ranging from the 18th to the 20th century. Helpful guides are on hand to steer guests in the direction of their interests as well as to provide information about the pieces and their origins and periods. The hall is open during the week from 10a-7p.

Other services provided by the auction house include appraisals, cell phone auction purchases, and guidance about insurance of work and international shipping.

In the area surrounding Roldán are several lovely places to sit down and enjoy something to eat or drink. Sample the Indian flavors of Bengal, located at Arenales 837, or for a more local cuisine, try Da Mingo, at Juncal 887.

Name: Roldán Subastas de Arte
Address: Juncal 743, Buenos Aires
Phone number: (5411) 4393 5441 or (5411) 4394 0830
URL: http://www.subastasroldan.com
Email address: subastasroldan@fibertel.com.ar

Hours: The salon is open from Monday through Friday, 10a-7p. Auctions are held once a month, except for during the summer months of January and February. The next auction is scheduled for the end of March 2008.
Admission: free