Swiss Art Sale Celebrates 40 Years of Sales in Switzerland

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40 years after Sotheby's first auction of Swiss Art in Zurich, the upcoming Swiss Art/Swiss Made sale on 25 June celebrates Switzerland’s rich artistic heritage. Leading the auction are fine works from two prestigious private collections, including superb Swiss landscapes from the 19th century and rare paintings by Augusto Giacometti and Paul Klee. The Contemporary section of the sale will be highlighted by arguably the most important sculpture by Hans Josephson ever offered at auction. The auction also features a selection of Swiss-made watches. Click above to see more.

Swiss Art Sale Celebrates 40 Years of Sales in Switzerland

  • Ferdinand Hodler, Bildnis von Emma Schmidt-Müller, 1915
    Estimate CHF 1,000,000–1,500,000
    Hodler’s female portraits are celebrated as some of the most influential works of the early 20th century. The dark and sinuous outlines combined with the unconventional pose are characteristic of Hodler’s portraits and reminiscent of Egon Schiele’s works from the same period.
  • Augusto Giacometti, Flucht nach Ägypten (Flight into Egypt)
    Estimate CHF 300,000–500,000
    Exhibited only twice since 1916, Flucht nach Ägypten is without doubt one of the greatest masterpieces by Augusto Giacometti and a discovery for the market. The artist’s talent as colourist and his poetic vision confirm this painter as a pioneer of early abstract painting.
  • Alexandre Calame, Torrent de montagne par orage, 1850
    Estimate CHF 80,000–120,000
    This highly dramatic view is of the Aare River in the Valley of Haslital in the Canton of Berne. With their gushing mountain streams, dramatic clouds and steep peaks, paintings such as “Torrent de montagne par orage” contributed significantly to the imagery of the Alps that became predominant in the 19th century.
  • Giovanni Giacometti, Blick von Stampa gegen Italien, 1924
    Stampa, the birthplace of the Giacometti family, has been the subject of several masterpieces by Giovanni. The artist gives greatest importance to the work on colour, as two thirds of the painting are depicted in a newly abstract dimension.
  • Felix Vallotton, Bord de Seine à Tournedos, effet gris, 1921
    Estimate CHF 400,000–600,000
    The artist spent some time with his wife in Tournedos-sur-Seine, a small village in Normandy. The whole composition of this “paysage-composé” and its pictorial quality convey an eerie, peculiar feeling which is not uncommon to Vallotton’s landscapes. The present work is a quintessential example of Vallotton’s artistic idiom from the 1920s.
  • Hans Josephsohn, Untitled, 1987
    Estimate CHF 150,000–200,000
    Josephsohn’s sculptures focus on the human figure as a volume in space. The simplicity of the form evokes the simple postures of the human body, prehistory, ancient stones steles or Romanesque figures.
  • Louis Soutter, Mutilés par les Saints
    Estimate CHF 200,000–300,000
    This work is undeniably one of the most representative works of Louis Soutter’s so-called “finger” period. The composition evoking a biblical scene, is emblematic of his work marked by revolt, deep anxiety, violence and obsessions.
  • Rolex, Ref 16610: Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch, circa 2007
    Estimate CHF 10,000–15,000
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