Count Manfredi della Gherardesca, who died 31 May, 2022, aged 60, at home at Castagneto Carducci, Italy, was the son of Count Palatine Guelfo della Gherardesca.
He was born in Florence, 5 Aug, 1961, and married at the Brompton Oratory, 26 September, 1998, Maria Theodora Marjorie Grafin zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Scharffeneck [aka Dora Löewenstein] [born 11 July, 1966], daughter of Rupert Prinz zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Scharffeneck [1933-2014], who assumed the title Prinz zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, and his wife the former Josephine Lowry-Corry [born 26 Jan, 1931], scion of the Earls of Belmore. Prinz Rupert was the long-time financial manager of The Rolling Stones.
Manfredi della Gherardesca began his career in the art world as director of the L’Antiquaire & the Connoisseur Gallery in New York, followed by stints at Citibank’s private art advisory wing and as chairman of Sotheby’s Italy. He established MDG Fine Arts in London in 2000, and brought collectors together with galleries, institutions and auction houses. In 2016 he expanded into design and interiors, and he arranged a number of exclusive properties. He later ran his own art and design consultancy to help others navigate the maze that is the contemporary art market. He was also an art curator.