This is a fine selection of masterpieces by the most famous Swiss artists of the last two centuries.
The 19th century category is represented by a lovely portrait of a young girl with a blond pigtail by Albert Anker and two rare lakescapes by Alexandre Calame and Robert Zünd. The Post-war section is represented by works by Le Corbusier, Wilfrid Moser, Diego Giacometti and Hans Josephsohn, among others.
From the classical modern period come a rare group of high quality still-lives, figurative works and landscapes by Cuno Amiet, Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti and Félix Vallotton as well as two particularly notable major mountain landscapes by Swiss national painter Ferdinand Hodler, which powerfully show the strength of his mastery. The earlier of these Holders, executed in 1907, depicting the beautiful Lake Champfèr, is a very rare view by this artist of the famous Engadine valley in the canton Grison. The later, executed in 1915, features a colourful view of the Montana mountain region in the canton Valais.
Ferdinand Hodler’s masterful landscape in our 4 June Swiss Art sale soared above its estimate of CHF 3,800,000 – 4,500,000 to sell for CHF 8,005,000 ($8,423,261). Albert Anker’s Portrait of a Girl doubled its pre-sale estimate to achieve CHF 845,000 ($889,151), while Cuno Amiet’s magnificent Depiction of Garden, executed in 1949, tripled its pre-sale estimate to sell for CHF 365,000 ($384,071). Works by Giovanni & Augusto Giacometti as well as Félix Vallotton also featured strongly in yesterday’s sale.
The auction brought a combined total of CHF 12,564,750 ($13,221,258), emphasizing the resilience of the Swiss Art market and the continuous demand for exceptional works.