RARE BIRDCAGE CLOCK WITH MUSIC BOX AND AUTOMATON
Such birdcage automatons were often created as a collaboration of various specialized watchmakers and automaton makers from Neuchâtel and the Jura. They are witnesses of great skill and enjoyed great popularity in the period between 1780 and 1840. Among the most important watchmaking dynasties are the Robert, Jaquet-Droz, Frédéric Leschot, Maillardet, Fochat and Bruguier families. Others, such as François Nicole and Charles-Frédéric Nardin, specialized in the making of music boxes. The luxury objects resulting from this collaboration were often sold to the European aristocracy as well as to China, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire through Geneva-based makers and sellers, such as Jean-François Bautte (1772-1837), who signed the clock on offer. The founding of Bautte & Moynier dates back to 1791, when case maker Jean-François Bautte joined forces with watchmaker Dauphin Moulinié. The company was expanded in 1804 when watchmaker Jean-Gabriel Moynier joined, and thereafter operated as Moulinié, Bautte & Moynier, fabrique d'horlogerie. The luxury company employed about 60 workers and produced watches as well as jewelry of the highest quality. Bautte became one of the most important watch dealers in Geneva. After the departure of Moulinié around 1824, the name was changed to Bautte & Moynier.
Furniture & Decoration
Koller’s history has been closely linked to decorative arts since 1958. Furniture, silver, porcelain and sculpture are among our oldest core competencies, and many highly significant objects have been sold at Koller Auctions over the decades.
A bureau plat by André-Charles Boulle, cabinetmaker to the French king – auctioned for 3 million Swiss francs – is today regarded as the standard by which other objects by this highly important ébéniste are measured.
The density and quality of the antique furnishings, decorative arts and collectors’ items on offer twice annually at Koller is practically unique in Europe. Represented are works by ébénistes such as Charles Cressent, Mathäus Funk, Abraham Roentgen, André-Charles Boulle, Bernard van Risen Burgh, Léonard Boudin, Johann Friedrich Spindler, Charles Topino and Adam Weisweiler. Koller has also built a very strong reputation as one of the leading European auction houses for antique clocks, with works by famous clockmakers such as Berthoud, Deverberie, Breguet, Le Roy, Lepine and Jaquet-Droz.
Stephan Koller, our specialist and head of the Fine Furniture department, will be pleased to value your objects in view of a possible sale at auction.
Our Decorative Arts auctions take place in March and September. We accept consignments until mid-January for the March auctions and until late July for the September auctions.
If you wish to consign to one of our auctions, we will value your artworks free of charge. Please send us photos if possible, or call us. We will arrange an appointment to view your property at your home or in one of our offices in Zurich, Geneva, Florence, Munich or Düsseldorf. You will then receive our auction estimates so that you can make your decision.How to sell at auction
Contact your local representative
+41 44 445 63 41
+41 44 445 63 45
Flavio de Corsodecorso@kollerauctions.com
+41 44 445 63 46
SELECTED RESULTS Furniture
MUMMY PORTRAIT OF A LADY
CHF 450 000
STANDING CROSS WITH FINE MICRO-CARVING
CHF 75 000
PAIR OF HALF-HEIGHT CABINETS
CHF 30 000
FINE AND RARE GAMES BOX FOR CHESS AND TRICTRAC WITH INLAYS IN RELIEF
CHF 37 500
SET OF CHESSMEN BY MAX ERNST (1891-1976)
CHF 118 750
MANTEL CLOCK "À LA BACCHANTE ALLONGÉE"
CHF 40 000
ASTRONOMICAL TABLE CLOCK WITH SECONDS
CHF 37 500
FIGURE OF A STANDING WOMAN, PROBABLY A QUEEN
CHF 143 750
FRAGMENT OF A FEMALE ROBED STATUE
CHF 225 000
TORSO OF APHRODITE LOOSENING HER SANDAL
CHF 93 750