The Piaggio name is synonymous not only with technical innovation and design but also with collecting works of art and creating splendid interiors. The family includes various passionate collectors who, over several generations, assembled superb and eclectic collections of pictures and works of art, which were housed in residences in and around Genoa and abroad. The famous industrial family is closely associated with engine and motor manufacturing throughout the 20th Century in Italy. Founded by Senatore Rinaldo Piaggio in 1884, the company initially produced locomotives and railway carriages, which were often custom fitted, but became equally active in the refurbishing of maritime luxury cruise ships. During the first half of the 20th Century the company’s focus shifted to the production of aircrafts, including military planes during the Second World War. In the early 1960s Piaggio joined forces with the American aerospace manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company (the founders of the famous early commercial aircrafts DC-8 and DC-9 and what is often regarded as the most significant transport aircraft ever made: The Douglas DC-3) and together they produced one of the earliest examples of the executive private jet. The chic Vespa scooter may be Piaggio's most well-known and celebrated product, however. The Vespa was launched in 1946: a simple, robust and affordable vehicle that soon became Italy's preferred means of transport. The Piaggio collection, which is offered here, filled the elegant interiors of their Genoese villa. Set within a small park within the outskirts of the city and overlooking the sea, the perfectly-proportioned villa was a jewel box filled with wonderful treasures, many of Genoese origin. The square-sectioned house had a symmetrical floor plan with a central hall on each floor flanked by reception rooms to either side. The principle reception rooms, with high ceilings and a splendid and rich decor, were on the ground floor. Both the 'Salone' and the 'Sala da Pranzo' were of impressive proportions and had been given the richest and most finely worked materials and finishes. Here many fine items of furniture were combined with crystal chandeliers, tapestries and seat-furniture covered in silks and velvets (see lots 24, 35, 36, 37 & 62). Particularly noteworthy are naturalistically-carved items of furniture and those with beautifully painted, gilt and lacquer surfaces. The walls were lined with many fine pictures by Old Masters as well as an impressive and colourful 18th-century tapestry retaining all its vivid colours (lot 77). The luxurious interiors of the Piaggio Genoese villa evoke Italian court life of the 18th Century, combining the best examples of Italian furniture, works of art and pictures as well as some elegant French pieces and items from further afield. Each work of art was chosen with exquisite taste and a connoisseur's eye forming a harmonious and balanced interior. The dispersal of this collection offers new and established collectors unique opportunities to acquire something from this superb ensemble.