Giovanni Asioli Martini
Giovanni Asioli Martini Antiquariato
Giovanni Asioli Martini Antiquariato
Via Emilia 3
40026 Imola (BO)
T +39 0545 82944
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C +39 335 817 9436

Collectors and passionate about art and the antiques, Giovanni and Cristina Asioli Martini transformed their interest into a business, which started in 1985. They took part in a fair called “Mostra Bella” the following year, a fine antiques fair that took place at Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna. Giovanni Asioli Martini is a civil engineer who kept on working as such, but also studied ancient and modern ceramics, giving a precise character to the job of an art dealer and becoming an expert over time, esteemed by trade collectors and scholars. The Gallery moved to its current headquarters at 3, Via Emilia in 1992, obtaining more exposure and interest from the city of Imola. The presence of his wife Cristina, both at the gallery and at the fairs, favoured a friendly and long-lasting relationship with Imola: despite not residing there, the Asioli live the place with a strong involvement in art, history and local traditions. Those years marked the beginning of a constant participation in several cultural events organised by the Town Hall, within the “Baccanale” context, both at Palazzo Tozzoni and the Civic Museums. The gallery started working with the Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio di Imola e di Bologna, suggesting and organising several events focusing on history, art and the activity of several artists: GDV Imolensis, Domenico Minganti, Alessandro Della Nave, Imola artists at the Venice Biennale, Giuseppe and Leopoldo Finck. Giovanni Asioli Martini, curator of the exhibitions and the catalogues, works with scholars and art historians, whose essays can enhance the knowledge on the life and work of the presented artists. He has curated the exhibitions and the catalogues (“Quaderni”) on “Popular Devotion”, an event organised by the Cooperativa Clai, at Sasso Morelli. The Gallery takes part in the main antiques fairs, mainly showing ceramic and fine works: the Florence International Biennial Antiques Fair, Gotha in Parma and Modenantiquaria. Works from their private collections and from elsewhere have been shown in cultural exhibitions in several museums and institutions: the Uffizi, the National Museum in Arezzo and the Reggia di Venaria in Turin, with an exhibition curated by Carmen Ravenelli Guidotti. The gallery’s modus operandi has changed in recent years, preferably working by appointment; the relationship with the public mainly takes place at the great antiques fairs or privately

Soup tureen with tray

High-fired polychrome majolica, Soup tureen cm 30x18,5; tray cm 33,8

Provenance: France, private collection. Bibliography: A Cocchi, "Al Museo degli antiquari, un segno della nostra professione", 1997, p. 116, with an attribution to P. Antonibon's manufacture, at the Nove, 18th century.

Madonna with Child

Marble high relief, cm 29,5x26,5x9,5

Unpublished. Provenance: private collection.


Second half 16th century
High-fired polychrome majolica, cm 19x26x12 circa

Unpublished. Provenance: antique market.

(active from 1471 to 1490 circa)


High-fired polychrome majolica, cm 29,8h circa

Excellent condition