This department offers exceptional examples of Swiss Art dating from the 18th through to the 21st centuries, including paintings, sculpture, photographs and works on paper. Our sales typically feature important works by Switzerland’s most celebrated artists, such as Cuno Amiet, Albert Anker, Giovanni and Augusto Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler, Giovanni and Gottardo Segantini, Félix Vallotton, Niki de Saint Phalle, Le Corbusier, Meret Oppenheim and Jean Tinguely.
Sotheby’s is the only international auction house to hold two sales per year in this category and that unmatched commitment has established us as the leader in this highly competitive market. We have set various auction records such as for the three most expensively sold landscapes by Ferdinand Hodler, a depiction of Stampa in the Engadine by Augusto Giacometti and a sunset by Félix Vallotton. Sotheby’s ability to consistently produce exceptional prices and deliver strong returns to consignors is a direct result of our specialists’ experience and depth of expertise. Our team comprises experts in Zurich, Geneva, New York, London and Paris whose combined tenure at Sotheby’s is more than 30 years. The relationships our specialists have cultivated with collectors from around the world have led to ever more increasing global participation in Sotheby’s Swiss Art sales.
At the heart of Europe, Zurich is a key platform for collectors and art lovers. Sotheby’s continues to innovate to serve our clients : in 2020, we launched the first Fine Arts online sale in Switzerland, achieving great results for consignors across 13 collecting categories in even the most challenging of times. The enthusiastic response from collectors from more than 25 countries who battled for Swiss and international paintings, sculptures, photographs and design has demonstrated the strength of the market and the capacity of Sotheby’s to attract new bidders in several collecting areas.
Our next auction will be live for bidding online from 7–14 December 2021. There will be a preview of highlights in Geneva during Luxury Week in November and a full exhibition will be on view in our Zurich galleries from 7–13 December.