Paintings protected from damage by high-security vault
On Sunday, 7 December, a fire swept through the Galerie Canesso, on the rue Laffitte in central Paris, destroying part of its library, documents and offices. The gallery specialises in Italian Old Master paintings from the Renaissance to the Baroque. The fire was caused by an electrical fault, said Véronique Damian, an art historian who works with the gallery’s founder Maurizio Canesso.
“This was a great loss for us but fortunately no paintings were damaged,” Damian said in a telephone interview. Protected in a secure safe, the paintings were left unscathed by the heat of the fire, although the gallery walls were left blackened.
The gallery will continue to operate from offices next door while its premises are restored, she said. After showing last month at the Old Master art fair Paris Tableau (which the gallery’s director Maurizio Canesso helped found), the gallery will be at Tefaf Maastricht in March, as usual, Damian added.