A Milanese Collector

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Umberto Pasti’s apartment in Milan, Italy consists of a collection of books, paintings, Neolithic, Paleolithic artifacts, flea market finds and many other oddities from around the world. A rare collection of islamic porcelain, african tribal art and roman marble line the walls and hallways giving the living space a style that any anthropologist would be jealous of. However after looking at the flat one notice’s the weight that thousands of books have slowly been destroying the apartment’s foundation. Years or history, wisdom and art slowly destroying a living space. Fortunately they were able to bring in a close friend and engineer to help solidify the foundation before any structural damage occurred.

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The artwork and accessories around the flat reflect the eccentric and cultural side of Umberto’s personal taste. Notice the wooden African head sculptures in the left photo.

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Germany circa 1840 set of wooden heads (AZ157)


England circa 1900 upholstered oak chair (AY81), France circa 1800 walnut occasional table (AX169)

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“For us these collection have been  and are  even if in different ways, access into a new world. which over the years have become our own.”

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England circa 1900 four leather books (AY51), England circa 1890 bookshelf (AL212)


England circa 1820 partner desk in mahogany (AF7)

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” We have almost never had access to large sums of money to enrich these collections, which are the result of chance discoveries, trips, encounters with Kurdish guerrilla fighters, with indigenous South Americans, with unlikely antiquarians, as well as exchanges with other travelers.”


Sweden circa 1870 plaster torso (AZ170), France circa 1940 plaster sculpture (AY148)


Italy circa 1938 male nude painting by Falfavino (AS71)

To view the rest of the article pick up the March issue of World Of Interiors or view it online here.

Visit the interior design studio of Robert and Laura Peregalli here.

To view more inventory visit leestanton.com


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