The auction brought a combined total of CHF 10,183,500, reflecting the resilience of the Swiss Art market and the continuous demand for exceptional works. Ferdinand Hodler's masterful landscape Die Dents Blanches sold for CHF 3,301,000. Schafe am Sentier des Saules, also by Ferdinand Hodler and dated 1878, sold for CHF 845,000, while Cuno Amiet's magnificent Gummfluh far exceeded its pre-sale estimate of CHF 100,000-150,000 selling for CHF 845,000. Works by Alexandre Calame, Albert Anker, Giovanni & Augusto Giacometti, Félix Vallotton as well as Fritz Glarner, Max Bill, Camille Graeser, Sylvie Fleury and Rémy Zaugg also featured strongly in the auction.
Sotheby’s Swiss Art sale on 3 December features a stunning array of paintings, drawings, photographs, installation and sculpture from important Swiss and international private collections as well as a magnificent group of works from the Branco Weiss Collection.
Leading the sale’s classical section is an iconic landscape by Ferdinand Hodler, Die Dents Blanches (CHF 3,000,000 – 4,000,000). Executed in 1916 in the surroundings of Champéry, it is part of a series of four views of the Valais mountain range and a superb example of Hodler’s lifelong focus on subtle nuances of colour and light. Anchoring the auction’s modern section is Fritz Glarner’s outstanding Relational Painting Tondo No. 18 (CHF 700,000 – 900,000). The work is a wonderful example of Glarner’s 63 round paintings, the artist’s preferred format as of 1943/44.