L' Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, Inc.

The Connoisseur Inc. was established in 1935 by Countess Ruth Costantino, the first woman fine art dealer in America.  She helped form some of the great twentieth century private collections of French furniture, and was the White House's principal purveyor of French eighteenth century furniture.  Her daughter, Helen Fioratti, a graduate of the Parsons School of Design founded L’Antiquaire in 1965 with her late husband Nereo Fioratti. The two companies merged in 1983, after Madame Costantino’s death to form L’Antiquaire & The Connoisseur Inc. 
The gallery deals in European works of art, antiques and paintings from antiquity to the end of the eighteenth century.  
         Under Mrs. Fioratti's direction, the gallery has continued to supply works of art to museums across America and Europe. She has designed interiors in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East.  Mrs. Fioratti has worked on architectural restorations, and restored a 10th century village near Siena.  
         Mrs. Fioratti serves on the board of the Antique Dealers League of America, is president of L’Antiquaire & The Connoisseur, is a member of Accademica della Cucina Italiana, and a member of the Decorator’s Club and the ASID. Mrs. Fioratti’s daughter, Arianna Fioratti Loreto (Harvard BA, Princeton MA-ABT PHD) is the third generation of women involved in the business.
        Mrs. Fioratti is the co-author and illustrator of French Antiques (1961; 1990), and author and illustrator of The History of Italian Furniture, Il Mobile Italiano (2004). She lectures on decorative arts and is a contributor to several magazines.
The gallery’s exhibitions and related catalogs, include The Enlightened Eye: (1996), The Aesthetic Pursuit (1998), Tempting Pandora: European Boxes, 1200-1800 (2000), European Master Drawings (2001), and In Noah’s Footsteps: Animals in the Fine and Decorative Arts, 3000 B.C.E.-1850 (2004), The Masterful Hand: European Drawings from the 15th through the early 19th century (2005), Reflections of Splendor, European Mirrors from 1500-1800 (2007), and Illuminating Their World: European Chandeliers from 1500-1800 (2007).  The gallery has exhibited at many international art fairs, including Palazzo Albergati in Bologna, Biennale Antiquariato in Florence, Grosvenor House in London, TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF Basel, Monte Carlo, The Milan International Fine Art & Antiques Show, The Winter Antiques Show in New York, The Connoisseur’s Antique Show, Antiques Chicago, the Fall Antiques Show San Francisco, and the Palm Beach International Fine Art & Antique Fair.
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Johann Wilhelm Baur View of the Campidoglio Rome
Johann Wilhelm Baur View of the Campidoglio, Rome $ 55,000
Nicholas Pietersz Berchem Elaborate Landscape with Figures and Animals Before Ruins
Nicholas Pietersz Berchem Elaborate Landscape with... $ 98,000
Benedetto Aufieri Gilded and Carved Two Drawer Console of Extraordinary Quality
Benedetto Aufieri Gilded and Carved Two... H 33 in W 53 in D 25 in $ 128,000
Bartolomeo Bimbi Bouquet of Carnations,... $ 48,000
Giovanni Stanchi Still Life of Flowers and... $ 62,000
Gennaro Greco "Il Mascacotta" Classical Ruins with a... $ 42,000
Pierfrancesco Cittadini A Portrait of a Maltese... $ 36,000
Leonardo Coccorante A Harbor Scene with Roman... $ 48,000
Johann Daniel Bager Still life of Pears, Apples... $ 35,000
Bartolomeo Ligozzi A Tulip, Morning Glory, and... $ 36,000
A Pair of Gilded Wood... H 26 in W 24 in $ 19,200
Gian Domenico Valentino Kitchen Still Life with... $ 14,000
A Carved, Painted and... H 63 in W 80 in D 44 in $ 17,000
A Fine Pair of Two Candle... H 16 in W 13 in $ 46,000
Marc Vibert A Gilded Wood Console Table... H 32 in W 50 in D 23 in $ 48,000
An Italian Carved and... H 35 in W 57 in D 24 in $ 36,000
A Set of Four Lacquered... H 40 in W 21 in D 21 in $ 45,000
A Very Rare Wooden... H 25 in W 13 in D 9 in $ 14,000
A Fine French Late... W 12 in D 10 in $ 8,000
Walnut Cabinet with... H 76 in W 41 in D 17 in $ 125,000
A Painted Wood with Marble... H 25 in W 42 in D 23 in $ 58,000
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