The Seventh International Cane Collector’s Conference was held May 26-30, 2010 in Milano, Italy.
Chairmen were PierLuigi Carboni and Pierangelo Marengo, Milano, Italy Antique dealers specializing in antique canes and walking sticks, antique scientific instruments, globes, planetaria, naturalia, eclectic decor, Members of C.I.N.O.A, F.I.M.A, and of the Associazione degli Antiquari Milanesi.
Advisors were Peter Robinson and Val Rhae Claypoole, USA Collectors and Co-Chairs 2008.
The 2010 Committee:
- Eddi Van Auken, Collector, USA. Chair Canemania 2006, Committee Canemania 2008.
- Larry Mattson, Collector, USA. Committee Canemania 2006, Member ofthe American Ceramic Circle, an organization which includes ceramic experts from the United States’ leading museums and universities.
- Renzo Traballesi, Collector, Italy. President of MONDOBASTONE.
- Laurence Jantzen, Paris, France. Co-Chair Canemania 2008. Antique dealer, specializing in antique canes and walking sticks. Expert at the Company: C.E.A.: “Compagnie d’expertise en antiquites et objets d’art”.
- Dominic Strickland, London England. Proprietor with Michael German, Michael German Antiques. Antique dealers, specializing in Antique Canes, Walking Sticks, Arms and Armour. Member of BADA and LAPADA.
Building on the success of Canemania 2008 in Paris, collectors once again set their sites on Europe for its 7th International Cane Collectors Conference. This time, they head to Milan, Italy in the Spring of 2010, a destination- and a season-which inspired exploration, (great art, architecture, wining, dining and shopping opportunities!) both before and after the Conference.
Canemania 2010 was Chaired and most graciously hosted by Pierangelo Marengo and Pier Luigi Carboni of Il Segno del Tempo, Milan. Conference veterans Eddi Van Auken and Larry Mattson served as Committee USA, with advisory support from the Claypooles and Robinsons. Committee Europe included Laurence Jantzen, Renzo Trabelessi, and Dominic Strickland.
Conference venues were elegant and relaxed, with fabulous Milanese cuisine, starting with the opening cocktail party in the gorgeous ‘Palazzo Serbelloni‘ located in one of Milan’s oldest and most beautiful residential areas, Montenapoleone and Piazza San Babila, lined with historical old family palaces.
Spazio Chiossetto, one of Milan’s Hi Tech meeting centers, designed around the pillars of the ancient building in which it is located, was the site for our meetings. Presentations were simultaneously translated, and topics ranged from The Academic (folk art, marine and liturgical canes, materials used to make cane shafts, personal stories of the “chase”) to The Contemplative (how changes in artistic movements influence cane design, what drives our passion to collect?) and then to The Ultimate Reality Check – how the Global Art /and Antiques Auction Markets will value that passion when we decide to sell. Sell? What? Never!!! In fact, many collectors chose to indulge even more at the traditional Cane Swap/Sale after the meetings!
The Saturday Nite Gala was a uniquely beautiful—even mystical—evening set in the Museo Diocesano, site of the Basilica and cloisters of Sant’Eustorgio, founded around VIII A.C. The evening began outdoors in the Cloisters with cocktails, fabulous h’or deurves, a silent auction and a docent escorted visit to the Convent museum with its masterpieces dating from VI to XIX cent. From there, an elegant dinner… and live Opera !… in the extraordinary Portrait Room, where we are sure the “ancestors” are still gossiping about the collegial, and energetic group of Canemanians whose reveling tilted their frames, and made them wish they could join us. And they can, back in the USA in 2012. Chicago, here we come!