About us

About us

Cesati Works of Art

Situated in a strategic position in the heart of Milan, the Alessandro Cesati gallery stands a short stroll from Sforza Castle on one side and just a few blocks from the oldest part of the city on the other. This area still conserves its Roman, medieval and Renaissance remains, with edifices of great historical importance, such as the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio and the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, with its adjacent Cenacolo by Leonardo da Vinci.

Able to draw on a strong family tradition in art, marked by excellence in the fields of art, collecting and music, the gallery – founded by Fiorenzo and Alessandro Cesati – has been doing business in the Italian and international antiques realms for many decades. It also continues to pursue its own personal activities of research, selection and study of artworks, in various and specific collecting sectors.


The business initially set out from great specialisation in metal items, which, as its ‘genetic heritage’, have been and remain an extensive reference universe still today capable of stirring unexpected and exciting emotions. Exploration and research have gradually grown and developed over the years to embrace an infinity of other materials, thus extending the field of investigation to include the broad panorama of art objects and sculptures.

Quality, rarity and curiosity: these are the three main criteria guiding the Alessandro Cesati gallery during its selection of works, regardless of the material they be fashioned from. This might be ivory, bronze, coral, metal, wood, marble, tortoiseshell or terracotta – to name but a handful of the materials that nature’s melting pot has offered up to the countless skilled craftsmen capable of exalting their qualities and of turning them into magnificent artifacts sometimes destined for everyday use, or in other cases standing as fine and cherished furnishing pieces.

Alessandro Cesati is a member of the Associazione Antiquari d’Italia, of the FIMA, of the Syndicat National des Antiquaries and of the CINOA.

What they say about us

“Il taccuino della mente mi sollecita il ricordo di altre emozioni davanti al sarto francese J. P. Worth di Libero Andreotti presso Alessandro Cesati”

“La Biennale è stata esaltante”, Vittorio Sgarbi
Gazzetta antiquaria, dicembre 2013
XXVIII International Antiques Biennal of Florence

“Alessandro Cesati legt einen Schwerpunkt auf Objekte aus Bronze, Eisen und Kupfer”

“Biennale Internazionale dell’Antiquariato, Florenz 5. Bis 13. Oktober”, Gloria Ehret
Weltkunst, october 2013
XXVIII International Antiques Biennal of Florence

“Add the collection of 35 craftsmen’s tools from the 17th to the 19th century, ammassed by Fiorenzo Cesati of Milan and his son Alessandro and few would question the supremacy of Tefaf as the place to be enlightened about the making of art”

“Giant among fairs spreads its reach”, Souren Melikian
International Herald Tribune, 16-17 marzo 2013
26th  TEFAF Maastricht

” ’Sono stato dall’antiquario Cesati e ho particolarmente apprezzato una cassaforte che metterei volentieri nel mio ufficio’, dice Elkann”

“Qui l’arte è per portafogli illimitati”, Francesca Pini
Corriere della, 18 marzo 2011
24th TEFAF Maastricht

“In another obscure corner of the fair, Alessandro Cesati’s iron strongbox forged and engraved around 1740 is a masterpiece in a lingering Régence style, which the anonymous Strasbourg craftman handled with Germanic vigor. For sheer art historical importance, it is surpassed by two iron doors crafted by Sigismond Falkenhauer. these were photographed seven decades ago while in situ in a now vanished section of the Hopital Civil, which was erected in Strasbourg between 1717 and 1727.”

“Maastricht signals art market on a rebound”, Souren Melikian
International Herald Tribune, 20-21 marzo 2010
23th TEFAF Maastricht

“A dealer from Milan, Alessandro Cesati, built up over a period of 30 years a collection of doorknockers from Arab Spain to Baroque Italy to 14th century Tibet, and published the 65 pieces, on view in Maastricht in an art book that covers entirely new ground. Where else would you see that?”

“The European Fine Art Fair at Maastricht kicks off in a blaze of discoveries”, Souren Melikian
International Herald Tribune, 14-15 marzo 2009
22th TEFAF Maastricht