The Italian Antiquarians Association has always fostered the promotion and protection of the Italian artistic heritage. In this regard, we encourage research by sponsoring relevant restoration campaigns.


Conservation restoration of Islamic china from the Este family collections

In addition to paintings, sculptures, archaeological finds, gems and several other artworks, the extraordinary collections of the Este Dukes, at the time when Ferrara was capital (15th – 17th century), also included Islamic artefacts made of brass, acquired by the Dukes thanks to the prolific relationship with the Arab world, through the city of Venice. These most extraordinary objects were transferred to Modena at the beginning of the Seicento and have been there ever since – an exceptional ewer depicting a falconer, several perfume burners and bowls, a chandelier and a bucket. They can all be traced back to oriental workshops (from Persia, Anatolia, Syria and Egypt) and they were executed between the 12th and 14th century.