Ansorena begins its story in 1845, when Celestino Ansorena decides to open his jewellerâ€™s workshop in Madrid. Very soon, he is consecrated as one of the most important jewellers of the age and in 1860 is named â€œJeweller and diamond merchant to the Royal Householdâ€ . The relationship with the Royal Household becomes closer still with Queen Victoria Eugenia; King Alfonso XIII gave her a gift of a diamond necklace and a high diamond tiara with dynastic fleurs de lis which the English princess would wear on her wedding day, and which we have seen our current Queen wear on numerous occasions. These jewels can be seen in different portraits that were taken of Victoria Eugenia by painters such as JoaquÃn Sorolla, Fernando Alvarez de Sotomayor or Philip De Laszlo. It is the year 1974 when Ansorena holds its first Auction; D. Alfonso Mato had a clear vision for transforming his wife, Paloma Ansorenaâ€™s, family jewellery business and founding a company of complementary activities as Jewellers and Art Auctioneers â€“ it would be one of the first in this field in Spain. Ansorena has a valuation and expert assessment service for paintings, jewellery and works of art. Our specialists, a team of historians with extensive experience, carry out assessments for insurance, division of assets, wills, inheritance or valuations for possible sale at Auction. Ansorena also manages Private Sales if desired: an efficient way of both selling and buying relevant pieces, sales have been made successfully to Museums, Institutions or private collections. In 1986, the Gallery of Contemporary Art was inaugurated, where monthly exhibitions of both consecrated painters and new promises are held. Specialised in realist paintings and figures that contribute to a wider knowledge of contemporary realist painting, they participate in fairs, such as Art Madrid, and also internationally, such as in Miami, Chicago and London in order to promote their artists. The firm celebrated 150 years with a relevant exhibition at the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid, where jewels made by the Ansorena workshops during the century and a half of their existence could be contemplated; and in 2010 â€œTiaras since 1845â€ allowed tiaras made by Ansorena since 1845 to be contemplated together for the first time, including the â€œFleurs de Lisâ€ tiara from the Royal Household.
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JaimeNew York, NY
Sep 30, 2023
Great experience. Trustworthy auction house
Great professionals. Extremely helpful staff, going above and beyond with superb Customer Service
Chelsea Hokitika, NZ
Jul 19, 2023
Good experience and like to trade again
JillStudio City, CA
Feb 13, 2021
Excellent auction house with beautiful items, and very helpful staff. Thank you so much for selling and shipping to me internationally.
filippo Messina, IT
Apr 19, 2021
Trattando opere incorniciate sarebbe opportuno fornire dettagli anche sulle condizioni delle cornici
Aug 12, 2020
Closing deal is not easy!
It’s not easy at all to pay and get your lot.. You need to transfer money from the bank then communicate with a shipping company myself! To use this app again is 3 out of 10.
StevieSilver Spring, MD
May 25, 2023
Ansorena sent me an email, to my private email demanding the following to issue an invoice including shipping: 'Passport of the persons bidding. Certificate of real ownership of the company. Deed of incorporation of the company. Power of Attorney granted by the company to the legal representative acting on your behalf in the transaction. When I refused on security grounds, because it is insane request this information to issue a shipping invoice, they stopped communication and then filed a dispute. Seriously, beware.
Jose MiguelSan Cristobal De La Laguna, ES
Aug 14, 2020
M á s de tres semanas solicitando datos para el pago del articulo. Nadie responde, nadie se pone en contacto. Lamentable.
PetaFort Lauderdale, FL
Aug 13, 2020
I won the item weeks ago despite contacting twice I have not heard back and my item has still not been invoiced.
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