Paris 9 Avenue Matignon Christie’s France announces the sale of the collection of Alberto Pinto (1943–2012), unique elements from his Parisian apartment, which will take place in Paris on 12, 13 and 14 September during the Biennale des Antiquaires.After having studied at the École du Louvre in Paris, Alberto Pinto set off for New York City where he created a photo agency specializing in architecture and decoration.
Over several years Alberto developed his taste for interior design, notably when he had the chance to do photo shoots for Condé Nast. At the end of the 1960’s, Alberto Pinto personally designed the interior of his own New York apartment. A rush of requests to do others follows, leding him to create his interior design firm in Paris in 1968, where, according to him, you can find the most skillful and talented artisans and craftsmen.
Alberto Pinto was a passionate collector. He was continuously buying from auction houses, from galleries, at important international art fairs such as the Biennale or Maastricht. He would buy collectibles and decorative art pieces that he either kept or carefully placed in different settings, giving a freshness to the lived-in homes of his clients. This signature touch, undoubtedly unique in the world of decoration, was one of the keys to his immense success.
The 1,000 lots, presented by Christie’s across two catalogues, reflect the celebrated decorator’s passion for a range of periods and styles, from the Renaissance to contemporary art. The collection includes an array of tableware, silverware, European and Asian porcelain, linen, of which Pinto was undoubtedly one of the greatest Parisian collectors, but also statuary, impressionist and contemporary art, classic furniture, and design, including three major pieces by Claude Lalanne.This auction is a real tribute to the eclectic taste of Alberto Pinto and to his lifestyle, his love of rare and original objects, and as a decorator with an immense talent.Linda Pinto about her brother: “He was a passionate collector, following all the sales, visiting antique dealers, art fairs and exhibitions. This was, in addition to his work and his Art de recevoir, his great passion.
I decided to entrust Christie’s with this sale. I love the idea that people can treat themselves with a piece of Alberto’s world, his universe”.