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POST-SALE REPORT
20th / 21st CENTURY ART AT KOLLER

AUCTIONS 29 – 30 JUNE 2018

– HIGH INTEREST FOR MODERN & CONTEMPORARY WORKS BY VAN DONGEN, KIRCHNER & CRAGG

– SUCCESS FOR POP ART BY CHAMBERLAIN, HARING & WARHOL

– “l’ÉGYPTIENNE” BY KEES VAN DONGEN FROM A PRIVATE SWISS COLLECTION SELLS FOR CHF 1.7 MILLION

Koller’s auctions on 29 – 30 June were marked by strong bidding for Modern & Contemporary works, which often sold far above expectations. The fine art auctions concluded with total sales far exceeding the pre-sale estimates.

Kees Van Dongen
L’Egyptienne. 1910-11.
Oil on canvas.
100 x 73 cm.
Sold for CHF 1.7 Mio.

The saleroom, telephone banks and internet bidding terminals were all extremely active during Koller’s Modern & Contemporary sales on 29 – 30 June, led by a Fauvist work by Kees van Dongen, “Rouge et Jaune (l’Égyptienne)” from 1910-11, which sold to a European private collector for CHF 1.7 million. Another painting by van Dongen from the same private Swiss collection – which was compiled from the 1920s, and included further works by Gen Paul and Maurice de Vlaminck (lot 3231, sold for CHF 204 500) – «Portrait de femme» from 1913, realized CHF 240 500.

Sculpture was particularly sought after in the June sales: a “Bust of a Rising Youth” by German artist Wilhelm Lehmbruck more than doubled its pre-sale estimate to sell at CHF 324 500. A rare carved wooden bowl by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, “Obstschale II”, fetched CHF 186 500, and a striking painted metal sculpture from Tony Cragg’s “early forms” series, “Red Square” from 2007, sold for CHF 144 500.

Bidding from collectors in the US, Germany and Asia for “Kiss #14”, a compressed metal composition by John Chamberlain, was particularly fierce, and it finally changed hands for over twice its estimate, at CHF 526 500. Other Pop Art works also fared well in the PostWar & Contemporary auction, such as Andy Warhol’s smallformat work “Clockwork Panda Drummer”, a small-format synthetic polymer and creenprint on canvas estimated at CHF 80 000 / 140 000, which sold for an impressive CHF 192 500. Among the eight colour screenprints by Keith Haring in the auction, no less than five doubled their estimates, and the others came very close to doing so as well. “Growing” from 1988, for example, sold for CHF 58 100 against an estimate of CHF 25 000/35 000).

A very large colour woodcut by Swiss Artist Franz Gertsch, “Dominique” from 1988, fetched CHF 168 500. “Lord of the Rings I”, a fantasy landscape by another Swiss artist, H.R. Giger – the creator of the reature in “Alien” – more than doubled its estimate at CHF 144 500. And Victor Vasarely’s works continue to enjoy a revival, as “Kedzi-Domb”, a 1968/75 work from a private Swiss collection, changed hands for well above its upper estimate at CHF 198 500.

Contemporary German artists made a particularly strong showing in the PostWar auction, such as an untitled work from 2005 by Düsseldorf artist Karin Kneffel which sold for more than twice its estimate at CHF 106 100 – one of the highest auction prices realised for a work from this series – and a composition by Berlin artist Katherina Grosse, “1020S” from 2006 that fetched CHF 58 100 against an estimate of CHF 15 000 / 25 000, an excellent result for a work of this size by the artist.

 



SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

KEES VAN DONGEN

Portrait de femme. Um 1913.

Oil on canvas. 65 x 55 cm.

Sold for CHF 240 500

 


WILHELM LEHMBRUCK

“Rising Youth“. 1913.

Cast stone, lifetime cast.

Sold for CHF 324 500

 


ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER

Obstschale II. Circa 1910.

Wood, red coloured.

Sold for CHF 186 500

 

 

VICTOR VASARELY

Kezdi-Domb. 1968/75.

Acrylic on Canvas. 160 x 160 cm.

Sold for CHF 198 500

 

TONY CRAGG

Red Square. 2007.

Bronze, coloured. 70 x 80 x 66cm.

Sold for CHF 144 500

 

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Oil on Canvas. 66 x 81 cm.

Sold for CHF 204 500

 



FRANZ GERTSCH

Image 234 x 181 cm n Japan paper by Heizobur 275 x 219 cm.

Sold for CHF 168 500

 

H. R. GIGER

Lord of the rings I. 1975.

Acrylic on paper on panel. 100 x 70 cm.

Sold for CHF 144 500

 

ANDY WARHOL

Clockwork Panda Drummer. 1983.

Synthetic polymer and screenprint on canvas. 35.5 x 27.7

Sold for CHF 192 500

 



KEITH HARING

Growing. 1988.

Colour screenprint. AP 2/15.

Sold for CHF 58 100

 

KATHARINA GROSSE

1020S. 2006.

Acrylic on Canvas. 142 x 82 cm.

Sold for CHF 58 100

 

JOHN CHAMBERLAIN

Kiss #18. 1979.

Painted steel. 68.5 x 59.5 x 61 cm.

Sold for CHF 526 500

 


June auction catalogues with prices realised

 

Auction calendar 2018

 

Selling at auction with Koller

 




POST-AUCTION PRESS RELEASE
Auctions in Zurich: 19 – 23 March 2018

UNBRIDLED BIDDING FOR OLD MASTERS AT KOLLER

CARSTIAN LUYCKX
(1623 Antwerp 1677)
Memento Mori still life. Oil on canvas. 73.5 x 92.5 cm.
Sold for CHF 538 000

At times the bidding seemed to know no bounds in Koller’s Old Master Paintings auction on 23 March. Numerous works sold for multiples of their pre-sale estimates, providing ample evidence (if any was needed) that the market for good-quality works in this field is still going strong. The top lot was a memento mori painting by 17th-century Flemish artist Carstian Luyckx, charged with fascinating symbolic imagery related to the politics of war. Estimated at CHF 30 000 – 40 000, the bidding soared to CHF 538 000, the second highest price ever realized by a work by Luyckx at auction. This rediscovered painting was a major revelation within the artist’s oeuvre.

 

ANTHONY VAN DYCK
(Antwerp 1599-1641 London)
Portrait of an Italian noblewoman. Oil on canvas. 48 x 37.7 cm.
Sold for CHF 264 500

Another sleeper was Anthony van Dyck’s portrait of an Italian noblewoman. Its imperfect condition prevented it from selling for much more than $50 000 the last time it was offered in New York in 1999, but this time it elicited extraordinary interest, and a battle between two telephone bidders finally ended at CHF 264 500. Further 17th-century works by Bernardo Strozzi, Meindert Hobbema and Clara Peeters also attained six-figure results amidst spirited bidding.

 

LEO VON KLENZE
(Schladen 1784-1864 Munich)
Italian Cloister with view of Capri. 1855.
Oil on canvas. 87.2 x 107.7 cm.
Sold for CHF 78 500

Several 19th century paintings also sold well beyond expectations, such as a charming work by German artist Eduard Grützner depicting three monks happily examining an erotic engraving, which doubled its estimate at CHF 102 500, and a luminous Isle of Capri architectural scene and landscape by Leo von Klenze which sold for CHF 78 500 against an estimate of CHF 25 000 – 35 000.



Koller’s next Old Master & 19th Century auctions in September of this year will be a part of their 60th anniversary celebrations, which will commence during the Modern & Contemporary auctions this June.

 



Selected Highlights

MEINDERT HOBBEMA

River landscape. Circa 1663.

Oil on panel. 62.5 x 86.5 cm.

Sold for CHF 162 500

 


CARL MORGENSTERN

The Dominican convent near Amalfi. 1843.

Oil on canvas. 31.8 x 48 cm.

Sold for CHF 36 500

 


CLARA PEETERS

Still life with cat, fish, oysters and crayfish.

Oil on panel. 38 x 48 cm.

Sold for CHF 132 500

 

 

EDUARD GRÜTZNER

Secret study. 1892.

Oil on canvas. 38 x 48 cm.

Sold for CHF 156 500

 

BERNARDO STROZZI called IL CAPPUCCINO

Portrait of Paolo Gregorio Raggi, Governor of Corsica.

Oil on canvas. 135 x 111 cm.

Sold for CHF 216 500

 

AN EXTREMELY RARE MEISSEN CANDLESTICK

Model by Johann Gottlieb Kirchner, probably painted by Gregorius Höroldt.

Circa 1727. H 22 cm.

Sold for CHF 78 500

 



THE FURNITURE SUITE OF MARECHAL SOULT

Empire, stamped JACOB D.R. MESLEE, Paris circa 1810.

Created for Marshal-General Jean-de-Dieu Soult.

Sold for CHF 36 500

 

WILLIAM HAMILTON

Campi Phlegraei. Observations on the Volcanos of the Two Siciles.

Naples, 1776-79.

Sold for CHF 78 500

 

A PAIR OF RENAISSANCE BRONZE HORSES

After the Byzantine Triumphal Quadriga at St. Mark's Square

Venice, 17th century.

Sold for CHF 55 700

 


March auction catalogues with prices realised

 

Auction calendar 2018

 

Selling at auction with Koller

 




POST-AUCTION PRESS RELEASE
Auctions in Zurich: 4 – 9 December 2017

BECKMANN, LICHTENSTEIN, VALLOTTON
EXCELLENT RESULTS FOR 20TH & 21ST CENTURY ART

“Well over 1 000 bidders from over 30 countries and a very lively atmosphere in the saleroom – moments like this are what an auctioneer lives for.” – Cyril Koller, auctioneer.

Of the 470 works of modern and contemporary art which came under the hammer during Koller’s auctions on 8 and 9 December, 80% found buyers. The total result of 8 million Swiss francs exceeded the total of low estimates by 15%. Bidders in the standing-room-only saleroom competed with numerous telephone bidders, as well as online bidders who were often active into the five figures.

 

ROY LICHTENSTEIN
Thinking Nude, State I. 1994.
Colour relief print. 89.9 x 142 cm.
Sold for CHF 222 500 (auction record for this print)

With a result of CHF 222 500 (EUR 190 000), Roy Lichtenstein’s colour relief print “Thinking Nude, State I” (lot 3731) became the highest-priced print from this series ever to be sold at auction. The successful bidder for a work on paper by Mark Tobey, “Blue Interval” (lot 3414) was spontaneously applauded by the saleroom after a long bidding war ended at CHF 140 900 (EUR 121 000), more than 12 times the pre-sale estimate. A Chinese collector won the bidding for two works by an important representative of Lyrical Abstraction, Chu The-Chun (lots 3461 and 3462). The paintings were acquired directly from the artist in 1987, and reached CHF 240 000 (EUR 206 000) and CHF 264 000 (EUR 227 000).

 

MAX BECKMANN
Waldgracht mit Segeln (Canal in a forest with sailboats). 1943.
Oil on canvas.
Sold for CHF 503 500

The top lot of the Impressionist and Modern Art auction was Max Beckmann’s landscape, “Waldgracht mit Segeln” (Canal in the woods with sailboats) (lot 3228). Painted in 1932 during the artist’s exile in Amsterdam, it was shortly thereafter purchased from the important dealer Günther Franke by the parents of the present consignors (CHF 500 000 / EUR 430 000). From the same excellent provenance, an expressivefigurative work by Ernst Wilhelm Nay, “Das Duett” (lot 3258) more than tripled its pre-sale estimate at CHF 360 000 (EUR 310 000). An impressionistic landscape by Gustave Loiseau (lot 3212) also tripled its estimate, selling to a German collector for CHF 240 000 (EUR 206 000). The CHF 300 500 (EUR 258 000) paid for “Corbeille de mandarines et bananes” by Felix Vallotton (lot 3057) was one of the highest at auction for a still life by this artist, nicely rounding off the excellent results of this auction series.

 



Selected Highlights

CHU TEH-CHUN

Untitled. 1987.

Oil on canvas. 73 x 92 cm.

Sold for CHF 264 500

 

ERNST WILHELM NAY

Das Duett. 1946.

Oil on canvas. 56 x 79 cm.

Sold for CHF 198 500

 

FELIX VALLOTTON

Corbeille de mandarines et bananes. 1923.

Oil on canvas. 50 x 65 cm.

Sold for CHF 300 500

 

 



Selected highlights from other departments

THANKA DEPICTING THE ARHAT PINDOLA

Sino-Tibetan, 15th/16th century.

Sold for CHF 156 500

 

EXTRAORDINARY NATURAL PEARL AND DIAMOND TIARA/NECKLACE WITH EAR PENDANTS

Catchpole & Williams, circa 1890.

Sold for CHF 234 500

 

RICHARD AVEDON

Naomi Campbell, New York City, 2011.

Sold for CHF 32 900

 



December auction catalogues with prices realised

 

Auction calendar 2018

 

Selling at auction with Koller

 




POST-AUCTION PRESS RELEASE
WATCHES
Auction in Zurich, 7 December 2017


BOOMING WATCHES: 210 000 SWISS FRANCS FOR A PERPETUAL CALENDAR BY PATEK PHILIPPE
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL AUCTION FOR EXCLUSIVE WRISTWATCHES AT KOLLER ZURICH

The December auction for wristwatches and pocket watches at Koller Zurich recorded a sell-through rate of 94% by lot. A German private collector purchased one of the first automatic wristwatches by Patek Philippe with a perpetual calendar.

 

PATEK PHILIPPE
Rare wristwatch with perpetual calendar. 1985.
Sold for CHF 210 000

91 lots, 87 sold: yet another excellent result for a Watches auction at Koller Zurich. Since its first stand-alone auction in 2015, Koller’s watch department has managed in just a few years to build up an international clientele, regularly realising top prices for rare models.

The highlight of the December auction was one of the first automatic wristwatches by Patek Philippe with a perpetual calendar. Created in 1985,this ref. 3450 was not only in impeccable condition, but bore the distinguished “Gübelin” name as well as the coveted automatic movement with calibre 27-460QB. The extremely rare timepiece sold for CHF 210 000 to a private German collector (lot 2555). A Rolex GMT Master II from 2015 in yellow gold set with diamonds, rubies and sapphires changed wrists for CHF 46 100 (lot 2542). Also among the top lots were two Rolex Day-Date watches from 2010. The platinum model with a diamond dial sold for CHF 30 500 (lot 2541), and the yellow gold example with a dial set with diamonds and rubies fetched CHF 24 500 (lot 2544). The highest price paid for a pocket watch in this auction was CHF 14 900 for a circa 1800 museumquality watch by Lepine in pink gold with fine enamel decoration (lot 2566).

 



Highlights since 2016

ROLEX

GMT Master II with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. 2015.

18K yellow gold. Ref. 116758.

Sold in Dec. 2017 for CHF 46 100

 

ROLEX

Day-Date with diamond-set dial. 2010.

Platinum. Ref. 218206.

Sold in Dec. 2017 for CHF 30 500

 

LEPINE

Museum-quality enamel digital jump-hour pocket watch.

Circa 1800. Rose gold.

Sold in Dec. 2017 for CHF 14 900

 

 

IWC

II Destriero Scafusia "Grand Complication", 1990s.

Limited edition, ref. 1868, no 15/125.

Sold in June 2017 for CHF 92 900

 

ROLEX

Daytona "Double Swiss", circa 1964.

Stainless steel. Ref. 6239 / 6238.

Sold in June 2017 for CHF 108 500

 

PATEK PHILIPPE

Rare perpetual calendar. 1951.

Rose gold. Ref. 1526.

Sold in June 2017 for CHF 114 500

 



 

PATEK PHILIPPE

Jumbo Nautilis. 1978.

18K yellow gold. Ref. 3700/1.

Sold in June 2017 for CHF 46 100

 

PATEK PHILIPPE

Complicated minute repeater with fly-back chronograph and minute counter, circa 1911.

Sold in Dec. 2016 for CHF 30 500

 

PATEK PHILIPPE

Very rare chronograph with two-tone dial 1961.

Stainless steel. Ref. 1463.

Sold in December 2016 for CHF 456 500

 



Catalogue with prices realised

 

Further information about watches at Koller

 




POST-SALE PRESS RELEASE
Auctions in Zurich: 18 – 22 September 2017

Enthusiastic bidding for Old Masters and antiques at Koller

Koller’s “antiques week” of auctions in Zurich produced impressive results, with several prices in the mid-six figures, and active bidding for both fine and decorative arts from the Renaissance through the 19th century. Cyril Koller, president of Koller Auctions, commented,“What was evident during this auction series is that alongside the success of Modern & Contemporary Art, there is still very much interest – I would say even a growing interest – in the arts of the past centuries. Bidding was particularly strong for good-quality works from private collections”.

 

DIRCK VAN BABUREN
(circa 1594 Utrecht 1624)

Violin player with a wine glass. 1623.
Oil on canvas. 80.4 x 67.1 cm.

A rare 17th-century portrait of a violin player by a Dutch follower of Caravaggio sold for over half a million Swiss francs during Koller Zurich’s Old Master & 19th Century Paintings auction on 22 September. The artist, Dirck van Baburen, painted the work during a brief and fascinating period in Dutch painting. Van Baburen was a part of an artistic movement in Utrecht from 1621 – 1626 whose members emulated the dramatic painting style of Caravaggio (1571 – 1610). After travelling to Rome to study the recently departed master’s works, they returned to Holland and employed his stark chiascuro lighting and monochrome backgrounds, becoming known as the Utrecht caravaggisti . Since his career was cut short by his death in his early 30s, very few works by van Baburen are known, which explains the very active bidding at Koller’s auction for this lively portrait, recently rediscovered in a private collection.

Sold for CHF 595 000


 

IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY
(circa 1594 Feodosia 1624)

View of a steep, rocky coast and a rough sea at sunset. 1883.
Oil on canvas. 66 x 103 cm.


An important work by Russian artist Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky also realized over a half-million Swiss francs. “View of a steep, rocky coast and a rough sea at sunset” (1883) demonstrates Aivazovsky’s pure mastery of brushstroke and effect, and rendered it irresistible to its new owner. Another highlight of the sale was a charming genre scene by 19th-century German artist Carl Spitzweg. The smallformat (30 x 14 cm) work, typical for the artist, sold for CHF 300 500 (lot 3218).

Sold for CHF 618 500


 

A SILVER-GILT KOVSH PRESENTED BY CZAR ALEXIS OF RUSSIA
Russia, 1667/68.
Parcel-gilt. The center engraved with a crowned double-headed eagle.
Sold for CHF 164 900

SUCCESS FOR RUSSIAN SILVER

The F. F. von Uthemann collection of important Russian silver at Koller Zurich on 21 September was a resounding success. The collection of eleven works, which had been in a private family collection for over a century, comprised silver creations from the 17th – 19th centuries, some with royal connections. Altogether, the sale of the collection totalled over CHF 375 000.

The top lots of the collection were two 17th-century silver-gilt kovsh drinking vessels, presented by Russian Czars to their subjects in reward for loyal service: one by Alexis of Russia, and the other by Ivan V and Peter the Great. Such royal gifts are extremely rare today and practically impossible to find outside of museums. The two kovsh sold for CHF 164 900 and CHF 152 900, more than four times their pre-sale estimates.


 

A NORTH ITALIAN ROCOCO POLYCHROME-DECORATED COMMODE
Louis XV.
Venice, circa 1730/40
Sold for CHF 408 500

FURNITURE HIGHLIGHTS

The Furniture auction featured a North Italian Rococo polychrome decorated commode which sold for an impressive CHF 408 500. The commode, from an Italian private collection, was not only in excellent condition but was one of the highest-quality pieces of its type to come to the market in recent years. In the specially curated section of the auction entitled “Baroque to Belle Epoque”, two lots stood out: a pair of Italian neoclassical marble vases after a model by Piranese (CHF 132 500), and a Louis XV lady’s marquetry writing desk attributed to Pierre Roussel (CHF 101 300).



Further Highlights:

NICCOLÒ DI SEGNA

Crucifixion. 1325-30.

Tempera and gold on panel. 35 x 21 cm.

Sold for CHF 96 500

 

WILLEM CLAESZ HEDA

Still life with Römer, pewter dish and peeled lemon. 1634.

Oil on panel. 41 x 31 cm.

Sold for CHF 198 500

 

CARL SPITZWEG

Der Gratulant. Circa 1860.

Oil on oak panel. 28.6 x 14.2 cm.

Sold for CHF 300 500

 

A PAIR OF ITALIAN NEOCLASSICAL LIDDED VASES “A L’ANTIQUE“

Louis XVI, after drawings by G. B. Piranesi

Italy, circa 1780/1800.

Sold for CHF 132 500

 

A SILVER-GILT KOVSH PRESENTED BY IVAN V AND PETER THE GREAT

Moscow 1681/82. TParcel-gilt. The center engraved

with a crowned double-headed eagle.

Sold for CHF 152 900

 

LADY WRITING DESK “A FLEURS“

Paris, circa 1760.

Louix XV, attributed to Pierre Roussel.

Sold for CHF 101 300


 





Post-Sale Press Release
Modern & Contemporary Art / Swiss Art

Auctions in Zurich: 30 June – 1 July 2017


Strong results at Koller for Modern, Contemporary and Swiss Art: 126% sold by value

The auctions of Modern, Contemporary & Swiss Art at Koller Zurich realized an impressive score, with total prices well above the pre-sale estimates. Strong results were recorded for an early work by Alberto Giacometti, as well as for German artists such as Max Liebermann, Emil Nolde, Franz von Stuck, and Ernst Wilhelm Nay. This accomplishment comes the day after a white-glove auction of Watches at Koller on 29 June, in which 100% of the lots found buyers and the prices realized totalled over 200% of the pre-sale estimates. “These sales contained a particularly attractive selection of works, almost all from private collections and for the first time on the market,” said Cyril Koller, President of Koller Auctions and the auctioneer for the sales. “A combination like this is in itself a recipe for success, but we also noticed a strong tendency on the part of bidders to pursue their purchases more tenaciously than in the recent past.” Koller also noted a significant increase in new bidders across the board in their auctions during the first semester.


Giacometti & Son lead the pack

“Monte del Forno”, a landscape by Alberto Giacometti from the early part of the artist’s career, was the top lot of the auction series, selling just short of 1 million Swiss francs. In the same auction no less than three works by Giacometti’s father, Giovanni, sold in the six figures, led by a stunning nude in the tradition of Titian and Goya, “Theodora”, which fetched CHF 538 000. A painting by Art Brut artist Adolf Wölfli sold for CHF 216 500, far above its estimate of CHF 40 000 – 60 000.


Strong Prices for German Artists
Works by modern & contemporary German artists were particularly successful in Koller’s June sales, such as a landscape by Max Liebermann of his beloved Wannsee which sold for CHF 561 000, an expressionistic rendering of a small steamboat by Emil Nolde which fetched CHF 372 500, and a colourful work by post-war artist Ernst Wilhelm Nay, “Mit vielfältigem Gelb” (CHF 186 500).


Post-War Art Exceeds Expectations
Several results for works by international contemporary and post-war artists exceeded expectations, such as the CHF 126 500 realised for Carlos Cruz-Diez’ op-art work “Physichromie no. 668”, and Ugo Rodinone’s “Seven Small Mountains”, which fetched CHF 31 700 against a pre-sale estimate of CHF 7 000 – 10 000.



The next auction series of Modern, Contemporary & Swiss Art at Koller will be held in December 2017.



Selected Results:


ALBERTO GIACOMETTI

Monte del Forno. Circa 1923.

Oil on Canvas. 60 x 50 cm.

Sold for: CHF 800 000

 

GIOVANNI GIACOMETTI

Theodora. 1914.

Oil on Canvas. 125 x 200 cm.

Sold for: CHF 450 000

 

ERNST WILHELM NAY

Mit vielfältigem Gelb. 1958.

Oil on Canvas. 100 x 81 cm.

Sold for: CHF 155 000

 

MAX LIEBERMANN

Grosse Seestrasse in Wannsee.

Oil on Canvas. 73 x 91.5 cm.

Sold for: CHF 470 000

 

EMIL NOLDE

Kleiner Dampfer. 1910.

Oil on Canvas. 34.5 x 28 cm.

Sold for: CHF 310 000

 

BERNARD AUBERTIN

Simplement Rouge. 1998/99.

Oil on canvas. 300 x 500 cm.

Sold for: CHF 36 500

 






For immediate release: Asian Art Auctions in Zurich: 13 - 14 June 2017

Spectacular auction results for Asian Art in Zurich:
RECORD PRICES FOR RARE CHINESE IMPERIAL ARTWORKS AND HIMALAYAN SCULPTURE

The 13-14 June Asian Art auctions at Koller Zurich were enormously successful, with a string of top prices for Chinese & Himalayan art, particularly for three rare Chinese Imperial artworks from a private collection - which alone realized 2.64 million Swiss Francs - as well as for lamaistic sculpture from the Himalaya region, which saw very competitive bidding and record prices. The two-day auction series realized in total 8.4 million Swiss Francs, against a pre-sale estimate of 2.9 million, making it the most successful Asian Art auction of any European auction house this season.

Regi Preiswerk, Head of Department for Asian Art at Koller: “We were thrilled to be able to offer these magnificent works in our auction. Because of an intensive marketing campaign in China, including our presence at the International Antiques Fair in Hong Kong, we attracted a significant number of new bidders and buyers to the auction, whom we are pleased to welcome to Koller’s clientele.“

Chinese imperial treasures create a sensation
Three important Chinese imperial artworks from a private collection were featured in Koller’s 13 June auction, and their presence created a wave of excitement that was felt as far as Beijing and Hong Kong. The three items - a carved palace partition, a pair of Imperial bronze censers, and a bronze bell with an emperor’s inscription, were in a German private collection for over 100 years and came to the market for the first time in Koller Auction’s sale. The three lots will all very likely return to China.

Antique Chinese bell changes hands for 1.2 million Swiss Francs
Dating from the 18th century, the bronze bell bears an inscription from the Chinese emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). Shepherds found eleven antique “bozhong” bells from a set of twelve in 1761, and they were brought to the imperial court. In order to complete the set of twelve distinct tones, the Emperor had this twelfth bell cast and inscribed. After a prolonged, tense bidding war, the bell sold to a Chinese bidder for CHF 1.2 million.

Masterfully carved room divider realizes nearly a million
According to Koller’s research, the masterfully carved palace partition was very likely made for the living quarters of the Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908). This type of partition with pierced carving was a typical element of interior decoration for imperial palaces of the Qing period in China. In Beijing two other examples with octagonal doorways are known: a room divider in the Chuxiugong palace hall, a residential building in the western area of the Forbidden City, and another in the Yiluandian Palace, but which was completely destroyed by fire in 1901. The partition in Koller’s auction is the only one of its type ever offered for public sale, and realised CHF 940 500.

Imperial bronze censers sell for more than eight times the pre-sale estimate
The Imperial provenance of this pair of unusual bronze censers was never in doubt, as comparable examples only exist in front of two palaces in the Forbidden City, as well as at the entrance of Beihei Park (which was formerly also part of the Imperial city). Representing mythical dragon-turtles, or Bixi, bidding for the pair quickly rose far above the pre-sale estimate and finally ended at CHF 486 000.

Himalayan bronzes sell for record prices
The demand for lamaistic art from the Himalayan region was very strong in Koller’s 13 June auction, and several sculptures made top prices, such as a very early Buddha Shakyamuni from the Pala Empire that sold for CHF 1.17 million, a Nepalese figure from the Khasa-Malla Kingdom that fetched CHF 538 000, and a wonderfully serene Tibetan figure of a standing Bo dhisattva that changed hands for CHF 756 000.

For full catalogue descriptions, high-resolution images and sale results, please click here.



TOP TEN, ASIAN ART:


A VERY IMPORTANT IMPERIAL BRONZE BELL “BOZHONG“

China, Qianlong. Dated 1761. Height 85 cm.

With inscription by Emperor Qianlong.

Sold for: CHF 1.2 million

 

BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI

Northeastern India, Pala, 8th/9th c. Height 16.5 cm.

Silver and copper inlay.

Sold for: CHF 1.17 million

 

A MAGNIFICENT CAOHUALI IMPERIAL PALACE PARTITION WITH OCTAGONAL DOORWAY CARVED IN OPEN WORK

China, 19th c. 287 x 396 x 11 cm

Sold for: CHF 940 500


A MAGNIFICENT GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF A STANDING BODHISATTVA

Tibet, 14th c. Height 27 cm. Stone inlays.

Sold for: CHF 756 500

A WELL-MODELLED GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF MANJUSHRI

Nepal, Khasa Malla kingdom, 14th c. Height 23 cm.

Stone inlays.

Sold for: CHF 538 000

 

A RELIEF CARVED CELADON COLOURED JADE PLAQUE DECORATED WITH EIGHT LUOHANS AND INSCRIPTIONS

China, Qing dynasty, 14.5 x 21.5 cm.

Sold for: CHF 515 000

 

A FINE PAIR OF IMPERIAL BRONZE CENSERS IN THE SHAPE OF DRAGON-TURTLES (BIXI)

China, 18th/19th century. Length 42 cm.

Sold for: CHF 486 250


A FINE DRY LACQUER FIGURE OF A SEATED BUDDHA

China, Ming dynasty,

Height 81 cm.

Sold for: CHF 288 500

AN IMPERIAL SIX-FOLD ZITAN-SCREEN WITH MIRRORS AND LACQUER PAINTING

China, early 19th c. Height 204 cm.

Sold for: CHF 240 500

 

A GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF A BUDDHA

Tibet, 16th century. Height 27 cm./span>

Stone inlays.

Sold for: CHF 180 500

 




PRESS RELEASE – POST-SALE
Old master & 19th century paintings at Koller Zurich on 31 March 2017

Enthusiastic bidding in Koller’s Old Master & 19th Century Paintings auction.
74% of lots sold above estimate.

Zurich – Koller’s auction of Old Master & 19th century Paintings on 31 March was marked by active bidding, with the majority of works selling for above their pre-sale estimates. “Bidders were very determined in pursuing the works, and quite a few new clients participated in the sale. Overall the atmosphere of the auction was lively and positive,” commented Cyril Koller, Director of Koller Auctions and the auctioneer for the sale.

Works by 19th century Russian artists did particularly well, indicating a continued upturn in this sector. A marine painting by Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky fetched CHF 825 500 against a pre-sale estimate of CHF 380 000 – 550 000 (lot 3218), and two landscapes by Ivan Fedorovic Choultsé garnered CHF 120 500 and CHF 72 500 (lots 3211 and 3215). A small oil on board landscape by German artist Friedrich Voltz soared above its pre-sale estimate of CHF 3 000 – 4 000 to sell for a staggering CHF 72 500 (lot 3249), the highest price paid for any work by Voltz at auction in the past 25 years.

Among the Old Masters, bidders also did not hesitate to push prices well above their estimates. A 16th-century Lamentation of Christ by Flemish artist William Key sold for CHF 204 500 against a pre-sale estimate of CHF 30 000 – 50 000 (lot 3029), and a charming small oil on copper of Diana and her Nymphs by Brueghel the Younger and Hendrick Van Balen (lot 3049) more than tripled its low estimate to sell for CHF 126 500.

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Selected Results:

IVAN KONSTANTINOVICH AIVAZOVSKY

Stormy Sea at Sunset. 1896.

Estimate: CHF 380 000 – 550 000

Sold for: CHF 896 500

 

FRIEDRICH VOLTZ

Landscape with river and trees.

Estimate: CHF 3 000 – 4 000

Sold for: CHF 72 500

 

WILLEM KEY

Lamentation of Christ.

Estimate: CHF 30 000 – 50 000

Sold for: CHF 204 500


JAN BRUEGHEL II AND HENDRICK VAN BALEN I

Diana and the Nymphs sleeping.

Estimate: CHF 40 000 – 60 000

Sold for: CHF 126 500





POST-SALE PRESS RELEASE
Auctions in Zurich from 30 November - 8 December
Modern & Contemporary Art, Swiss Art, Jewellery, Watches, 20th Century Decorative Arts
, Asian Art

The auctions for Modern, Contemporary & Swiss Art realise 98% by value. The entire week-long auction series attains 91%.

Koller’s end-of-the year auctions saw strong prices realised for works by Keith Haring, Ai Weiwei & Banksy, a work by Albert Anker sold for over one million, and excellent results for the recently created Photographs and Watches departments, including a rare Patek Philippe wristwatch sold for nearly half a million.



KEITH HARING.
Red, Yellow, Blue #22. 1987. Sold for CHF 408 500.

Modern & Contemporary Art
Keith Haring and Ai Weiwei share the stage with Picasso and Renoir

Keith Haring’s “Red, Yellow & Blue #22”, given by the artist to Austrian songwriter, poet and actor André Heller on the occasion of his son’s birth , sold for above its presale estimate at CHF 408 500 (lot 3477). A beautifully crafted pierced sphere by Chinese conceptual artist and dissident Ai Weiwei (lot 3486) fetched CHF 228 500. The series of prints and ceramics by Picasso enjoyed unbridled success, for example the wonderful “Danaé” linoleum cut from 1962 which realized CHF 66 500 (lot 3659). Louise Bourgeois’ virtually unique print “Girl with Hair” changed hands for CHF 60 500 (lot 3744), and “Choose your Weapon”, a colour screenprint by street artist Banksy, sold for CHF 22 100 (lot 3761).

Auguste Renoir’s “Pré, arbres et femmes” from circa 1899 sold for a robust CHF 264 500 (lot 3204), and a new world record for Italian artist Vittorio Zecchin was set for his Klimt-like canvas from 1914, “Le Mille e una Notte”, when it changed hands for CHF 120 500 (lot 3215).



Selected results, Modern & Contemporary Art:

PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR

Pré, arbres et femmes. Circa 1899.

Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 264 500

 

AI WEIWEI.

Untitled (Foster Divina). 2010.

Sold for CHF 228 500


PABLO PICASSO

Danaé. 1962. Linoleum cut.

Sold for CHF 66 500


ALBERT ANKER. Grandmother and sleeping boy. Sold for CHF 1.17 million.

Swiss Art
Albert Anker painting sells for over one million

A touching genre scene by Albert Anker depicting an elderly woman with her grandchild asleep by the hearth realized CHF 1.17 million in the 2 December auction (lot 3032), and a lovely sunset view of the Lake of Geneva by Francois Bocion sold for CHF 102 500 (lot 3016). Highlights from 20th century Swiss artists included a still life by Felix Vallotton (CHF 144 500, lot 3094) and a large portrait of a stylish apprentice by Varlin which fetched CHF 120 500 (lot 3089).



Selected results, Swiss Art:

FELIX VALLOTTON

Vase vert et bol blanc. 1919.

Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 144 500

 

CUNO AMIET

Lueg. 1930.
Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 132 500


VARLIN (Willy Guggenheim)

"L'Italiana". 1962.
Oil and chalk on unprimed canvas.

Sold for CHF 120 500


THOMAS HOEPKER. Muhammad Ali showing off his right fist. Archival pigment print, circa 2009.
Sold for CHF 20 900

Photographs
Success for a new department

Koller’s first stand-alone auction of Photographs in over a decade realised some strong prices, particularly for images of Muhammad Ali by German photojournalist Thomas Hoepker. The dramatic and rare “Right Fist” photo more than doubled its low estimate at CHF 20 900 (lot 1716), and an image of Ali praying before a bout realized CHF 16 100 (lot 1719). Richard Avedon’s unforgettable portrait of Archbishop Desmond Tutu sold for CHF 17 300 (lot 1727), and a series of portraits of Marilyn Monroe taken by Bert Stern realised strong prices, such as “Marilyn Monroe with Jewellery”, a later print which sold nonetheless for CHF 19 700 (lot 1699).



Selected results, Photographs:

ALBERT STEINER

Evening at the Lake of Silvaplana. 1919.

Silver gelatin print, after 1950.

Sold for CHF 11 250

 

DOUGLAS KIRKLAND

"Marilyn Monroe 1961".
Archival pigment print, later edition. Probably 2013.

Sold for CHF 11 250


BERT STERN

Marilyn Monroe with Jewellery.
Archival pigment print, later edition. Circa 2009.

Sold for CHF 19 700


PATEK PHILIPPE. Chronograph with two-tone dial, 1961. Ref. 1463. Sold for CHF 456 500.

Watches & Jewellery
Rare Patek Philippe sells for nearly half a million

The Watches auction on 30 November featured an extremely rare Patek Philippe steel chronograph from 1961. A legendary watch for serious collectors, reference number 1463 was Patek Philippe’s first waterproof wristwatch, produced from 1940 through circa 1965 in a total of only about 750 watches. Most were in yellow gold, making the stainless steel examples highly collectible, and the impeccable condition of the watch offered at Koller rendered it practically irresistible to collectors. After an intense bidding battle, the watch sold for CHF 456 500 (lot 2574, est. CHF 180 000 – 300 000).

The rest of the Watches auction was also a resounding success, with 94% sold by lot, and nearly 200% by value. Uwe Vischer, Director of the Watches Department at Koller, commented: “We are very pleased to see the positive evolution of Koller’s Watch auctions – in just eighteen months of stand-alone auctions we have managed to attract a loyal, international clientele, ready to pay top prices such as that achieved for the Patek Philippe 1463.”

The highlight of Koller’s 30 November Jewellery auction was a beautiful Burmese ruby and diamond ring. The unheated 7.05 ct ruby attracted numerous bidders, and it sold for more than double its presale estimate at CHF 228 500 (lot 2122, est. CHF 90 000 – 140 000). Signed pieces continued to sell well, such as a pear-shaped diamond ring by Düsseldorf jeweler René Kern which garnered CHF 168 500 (lot 2024), and a platinum and diamond Art Deco bracelet by Van Cleef & Arpels which sold for CHF 126 500 (lot 2206).


Selected results, Watches & Jewellery:

BURMA RUBY AND DIAMOND RING

Very fine oval Burma ruby of 7.05 ct, unheated.

Sold for CHF 228 500

 

PATEK PHILIPPE

Perpetual calendar. 2001.
Ref. 3940J.

Sold for CHF 35 300


DIAMOND BRACELET, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Circa 1930. Platinum.
Sold for CHF 126 500


EMILE GALLE. Vase, circa 1900. Sold for CHF 11 250.

20th Century Decorative Arts
Modern tapestries and Gallé glassware in high demand

Modern tapestries were once again among the most highly sought-after items in the 2 December auction, with a “Dirty Blues” tapestry designed by Alexander Calder selling for CHF 29 300, well above its presale estimate (lot 1249). Classic Emile Gallé glassware also sold well, such as an aquatic-motif vase which garnered CHF 11 250 (lot 1076). The top lot among the Art Nouveau lots was a silver and enamel jewellery box by Josef Hoffmann - its clean design effectively bridges the gap between the art of the turn of the 20th century and Modernism (lot 1093, CHF 28 100).


Selected results, 20th Century Decorative Arts:

ALEXANDER CALDER

"Dirty Blues" tapestry. 

Artist's proof.

Sold for CHF 29 300

 

MARZIO CECCHI

A polished steel "Diapason"desk.
Designed 1968 for Studio Most ed.

Sold for CHF 20 900

JOSEF HOFFMANN

A silver and enamel jewellery box. Circa 1905.

Sold for CHF 28 100



A RARE PAINTED ARMOIRE. Conrad Starck (1769-1817). Appenzell, 18th century. Sold for CHF 58 100.

The Fröhlich Collection
Success for decorative folk art collection from St. Gallen

The Alpine furniture and decorative arts from the estate the well-known St. Gallen antiques dealer Hansueli Fröhlich found numerous bidders and buyers in Koller West’s 1 December auction. Over 180 lots of the finest of Eastern Switzerland folk art were offered, often brightly painted and always of the highest quality, selected over the decades of the antique dealer’s career. The top lot was a rare painted armoire by Appenzell artist Conrad Starck (1769-1817), which realized CHF 60 000 (lot 4156). Altogether the auction realized almost 150% sold by value.



Selected results, The Fröhlich Collection:

ONE-HANDED IRON CLOCK WITH ALARM

Gothic, Winterthur, dated 1597.

Monogrammed UL (Ulrich and Andreas Liechti).

Sold for CHF 34 100

 

A LATE GOTHIC TABLE

Grisons, 16th/17th century.

Sold for CHF 6 875


A PAINTED SLED SEAT

Toggenburg, circa 1800.

Sold for CHF 2 500


A GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF THE STANDING ELEVEN-HEADED AVALOKITESHVARA. Tibet, 15th century. Sold for CHF 138 500.

Asian Art
Tibetan Buddhas still in high demand, success as well for the jade carving collection

Buddhist sculpture from Tibet realized strong prices during the two-day auction of Asian Art at Koller Zurich on 7 & 8 December. The top lot was a 16th/17th century gilt copper alloy figure of the Vairocana, one of the primordial Buddhas, with a profoundly peaceful smiling expression (lot 115), which attained CHF 144 500 - almost triple its pre-sale estimate. Among other Buddhist figures with notable results were a 15th-century Tibetan figure of the eleven-headed god of mercy, Avalokiteshvara, which sold for CHF 138 500 (lot 111), and an elegant stone-inlaid figure of Maitreya (lot 108), which garnered CHF 62 900.

Huanghuali wood continues to be highly sought-after, as evidenced by the CHF 72 500 paid for a 19th-century two-door cabinet (lot 295). The collection of jade carvings in the sale did especially well, led by a charming Qing Dynasty white and russet jade carving of a recumbent camel which fetched CHF 30 500 (lot 185). Among the porcelain in this auction, two finely copper-red decorated “sanduo” bowls – so-called because of its depiction of the “three abundances” fruit, or “sanduo” (peach, pomegranate and lychee) – attained CHF 72 500 (lot 379).

The top lot among the Japanese and Southeast Asian art was a monumental dry-lacquer Buddha from Burma. This 18th/19th century sculpture, reputedly from a Bellikon Castle in Switzerland, measures almost three metres high and shows the Buddha seated in deep meditation (lot 459, CHF 46 100).


Selected results, Asian Art:

A GILT COPPER ALLOY FIGURE OF THE SARVAVID VAIROCANA

Tibet, 16th/17th century.

Sold for CHF 144 500

 

A FINE WHITE AND RUSSET JADE CARVING OF A RECUMBENT CAMEL

China, early Qing Dynasty.
Sold for CHF 30 500


TWO FINE COPPER-RED DECORATED "SANDUO" BOWLS

China, Yongzheng six character marks and of the period.
Sold for CHF 72 500





POST-SALE PRESS RELEASE
Auctions in Zurich, 19 - 24 September 2016

Success for Old Master paintings and trompe-l’oeil faience: a suite of allegorical paintings by Abel Grimmer attains CHF 745 000, and the Baroque faience collection sold at 90% by value.


ABEL GRIMMER (ca. 1570 Antwerp 1620).
Five allegories of the months of the year. Oil on panel. D of each 25 cm. Sold for CHF 745 000.

Old Master & 19th Century Paintings & Drawings
A set of rare late Renaissance allegories of the months of the year surpasses the high estimate

The Old Masters auction on 23 September was led by a very rare series of five allegorical paintings representing the months of February, March, April, October and December by Abel Grimmer (ca. 1570 – ca. 1620). The paintings had been conserved in the same private collection for over 300 years, and their rarity and beauty convinced a private collector to part with CHF 745 000 in order to obtain the series (lots 3033A – 3033E, estimate CHF 500 000 – 700 000).

Other highlights of the paintings auctions included a Madonna and Child by Tommaso di Credi (active in Florence circa 1490-1510) which sold for CHF 96 500 (lot 3012), and a Bathing Nymph by German artist Carl Spitzweg (1808 Munich 1885) that also changed hands for CHF 96 500 (lot 3232).

Two works by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727 Venice 1804) sold well in the Drawings auction on 23 September: an oil sketch depicting the Rest on the Flight into Egypt (lot 3425) attributed to the master was possibly made as a model for Tiepolo’s workshop. It garnered CHF 24 500. A brown ink drawing of a standing figure in Oriental dress (lot 3452), remarkable for its spontaneity, sold for CHF CHF 8 750.


TROMPE-L'OEIL PLATE WITH EGGS. Northern France, mid-18th century.
Sold for CHF 9 375.

Furniture and Decorative Arts
The Schmitz-Eichhoff Collection: trompe-l’oeil ceramics in high demand

The wonderful Baroque trompe-l’oeil ceramics collection of Marie Teres Schmitz-Eichhoff aroused international interest, and the 19 September auction registered a total of over 90% sold by value. The catalogue contained approximately 250 faience trompe-l’oeil wares and animal figures from the 18th century: cabbage-form tureens, covered dishes in the shape of bundles of asparagus, and plates with eggs, beans and nuts. Many of these items were the subject of an exhibition in 1999 in the Museum of Decorative Arts (MAK) in Cologne, and again at the Hetjens Museum in Düsseldorf in 2006.  

Among the highlights of the auction were a mid-18th century French trompe-l’oeil platter with eggs (lot 1751) which sold for CHF 9 375 against an estimate of CHF 4 000 – 6 000; a large mid-late 18th century cabbage-shaped terrine from Brussels (lot 1758, sold for CHF 9 375) and a Höchst porcelain covered vase decorated with insects and flowers, the bidding for which rose to CHF 10 625 (lot 1783).


A PAIR OF REGENCE/LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED VASES. Sold for CHF 156 500.

The Furniture & Sculpture auction on 22 September featured a pair of Régence/Louis XV ormolu-mounted porcelain vases (lot 1089) of extraordinarily fine quality, which went to a new owner for CHF 156 500. A 14th/15th century northern Italian polychrome sculpture of a Madonna and Child sold for CHF 42 500 (lot 1027), and a Louis XV ormolu-mounted porcelain clock in the form of a smiling Chinese “magot” (lot 1095) changed hands for CHF 62 900.


LYUBOV POPOVA. 5 x 5 = 25. (Catalogue of the Moscow exhibition, 1921). Sold for CHF 42 500.

Books & Autographs
Fossils and Erotica

The first illustrated work on fossils ever published was sold in the Books & Autographs auction on 24 September for more than five times its low estimate, CHF 74 900 (lot 428, estimate 14 000 – 20 000). Richly illustrated by Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner, it was published in 1565-66.

The erotica collection in this auction was a solid success, including the CHF 58 100 paid for the Marquis de Sade’s first published work, La nouvelle Justine, written while he was imprisoned in the Bastille (lot 191).

Among the more modern works in the sale, a Russian avant-garde illustration by Lyubov Popova for a 1921 exhibition catalogue, 5 x 5 = 25, sold for CHF 42 500 against an estimate of CHF 4 000 – 6 000 (lot 256).



POST-AUCTION PRESS RELEASE

Koller’s June auctions set two world records for Swiss Art and affirm its position as market leader

World records for Giacometti and Anker.

Numerous six-figure results for Kiefer, Poliakoff, Renoir, Soutine and other modern & contemporary masters as Koller welcomes a younger generation of collectors.

 

GIOVANNI GIACOMETTI. Panorama of Flims. Sold for CHF 4.05 million, a world auction record for a work by the artist.


Swiss Art – Koller once again the market leader

Koller auctions realised a new world auction record for a work by Swiss artist Giovanni Giacometti. The Flims Panorama, an important and well-known work by the artist, sold in Koller’s Swiss Art auction on 24 June to a private Swiss collector for CHF 4.05 million. With a sale total of CHF 9.2 million for the auction, Koller has once again affirmed its position this auction season as the worldwide market leader for Swiss Art.

“We are very pleased that this important work will remain in Switzerland, and that it will once again be periodically available for public viewing,” said Cyril Koller, CEO of Koller Auctions and the auctioneer for this sale.

Giovanni Giacometti, the father of artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti, painted the three-part oil on canvas in 1904 for the luxurious Hotel Waldhaus, now called Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa (“Waldhaus Flims”). Shortly after its installation, Giacometti’s painting was removed from the Waldhaus Flims and placed into storage for reasons unknown. For eighty years, the painting’s existence was largely forgotten, until it was rediscovered in August of 1986 and placed on view once again in the hotel. Last year, the Waldhaus Flims was purchased by the investment group Z Capital partners. The proceeds from the sale of the Giacometti will be used for the renovation of the hotel.

In the same auction, Koller sold a charcoal drawing of a bust of a young girl by Albert Anker for CHF 1 million, a world record for a drawing by the artist, and “Die Armensuppe”, also by Anker, for CHF 1.4 million. Both works will also join Swiss private collections.


PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR. La partie de croquet. Sold for CHF 733 500.


Impressionist & Modern Art / Art Nouveau & Art Deco 
Strong bidding for late 19th / early 20th century art

The market for artworks from the late 19th through the mid-20th century is still quite healthy, as witnessed by the strong prices registered in both the fine and decorative arts sales from this period.

The Modern Art sale contained no less than three works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir which sold in the six figures, led by “La Partie de Croquet” from circa 1895 (lot 3213) which fetched CHF 733 500. Other highlights included a landscape by Chaim Soutine dated 1919 which changed hands for CHF 240 500 (lot 3241), and a bronze figure by Alberto Giacometti (lot 3249) that sold for CHF 192 500.

Among the decorative arts, bidding for a pâte-de-verre vase by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau from circa 1925 in blue, aqua and green (rare colours for this model) rose to CHF 41 300 against an estimate of 25 000 – 35 000 (lot 1089), and a classic “Starfish” chryselephantine sculpture by Demeter H. Chiparus from the 1920s changed hands for CHF 26 900.


ANSELM KIEFER. Nigredo-Albedo-Rubedo. 2006. Sold for CHF 360 500.


PostWar & Contemporary Art / Design / Wristwatches
Koller takes on a decidely younger look

In recent years, Koller has actively expanded its offer to embrace a younger generation of collectors, and the June sales reflected the success of these efforts, with strong prices recorded for contemporary fine and decorative arts. Another contributing factor was Koller's partnership with the American website Artsy.net for their first-ever live auctions. Koller’s PostWar and Prints auctions were broadcast over Artsy to hundreds of thousands of young collectors in the Americas.

Anselm Kiefer’s massive book sculpture, steeped in European mysticism and alchemy, “Nigredo-Albedo-Rubedo” (lot 3480) from 2006 sold for CHF 360 500. Works by Kiefer in this form and size rarely come to auction. Two 1960s works –aand Serge Poliakoff’s “Composition Abstraite” from circa 1966, and a work by Kazuo Shiraga from 1961 – sold for CHF 216 500 and CHF 132 500 (lots 3429 and 3439). Shiraga’s work is a stellar example of early 1960s action painting by an important member of the GUTAI artistic movement.

Two collecting fields which are also close to the hearts of Generations X and Y – Design and Wristwatches – have also become a staple of Koller’s auctions. A Patek Philippe Jumbo Nautilus watch from circa 1977 (lot 2545) was the top lot of the 22 June Watches auction in Zurich, garnering CHF 30 500. The Nautilus, made of polished steel, broke with the tradition of solid gold luxury watches, and Patek’s advertisement at the time underscored just how revolutionary this was, exclaiming: “One of the world’s most expensive watches is made of steel!” Among the top lots in the Design auction was a tapestry by op-art artist Victor Vasarely from 1980 (lot 1261), changing hands for CHF 15 500. Tapestries after models by modern artists and designers have become highly trendy, and strong prices were also realized for tapestries by Hungarian-French designer Mathieu Matégot and French artist Bernard Buffet in this sale.



Koller sets world record at auction for Giovanni Giacometti: CHF 4.05 million for the Flims Panorama

Zurich, 24 June 2016 – This afternoon Koller auctions realised a new world auction record for a work by Swiss artist Giovanni Giacometti. The Flims Panorama, an important and well-known work by Giacometti, sold in today’s auction of Swiss Art at Koller Zurich to a private Swiss collector for CHF 4.05 million.* With a sale total of CHF 9.2 million for today’s Swiss Art auction, Koller has once again affirmed its position this auction season as the worldwide market leader for Swiss Art.

“We are very pleased that this important work will remain in Switzerland, and that it will once again be periodically available for public viewing,” said Cyril Koller, CEO of Koller Auctions and the auctioneer for this sale.

Giovanni Giacometti, the father of artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti, painted the three-part oil on canvas in 1904 for the luxurious Hotel Waldhaus, now called Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa (“Waldhaus Flims”). Shortly after its installation, Giacometti’s painting was removed from the Waldhaus Flims and placed into storage for reasons unknown. For eighty years, the painting’s existence was largely forgotten, until it was rediscovered in August of 1986 and placed on view once again in the hotel. Last year, the Waldhaus Flims was purchased by the investment group Z Capital partners. The proceeds from the sale of the Giacometti will be used for the renovation of the hotel.


Giovanni Giacometti, The Panorama of Flims, 1904. Sold on 24 June 2016 at the Swiss Art auction of Koller Zurich for the world record price of CHF 4.05 million.

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Albert Anker's "Armensuppe"

In the same auction, Koller sold Albert Anker’s “Die Armensuppe” for CHF 1.4 million. This painting will also join a Swiss private collection.

In Koller’s Swiss Art auction, not only works by Anker and Giacometti but also Segantini, Amiet, Dietrich and others were sold for a total of CHF 9.2 million. Once again, Koller has registered the highest sale total worldwide for Swiss Art.
 

Giovanni Giacometti
(Stampa 1868 – 1933 Glion)
The Panorama of Flims. 1904. Oil on canvas.
Monogrammed and dated in the lower left of the central panel:
GG 1904. 150 x 100 cm; 180 x 200 cm; 150 x 100 cm.




KOLLER'S CONTEMPORARY AUCTIONS WILL BE THE FIRST CARRIED LIVE ON ARTSY.NET

For the launch of their new live auction technology, Artsy has chosen Koller's sales of PostWar & Contemporary and Prints, Multiples & Photographs on 25 June



Koller will partner with Artsy.net in the launch of their new “live auction integration” technology on 25 June. Artsy is the leading online resource for learning about and collecting art, with over 4,000 galleries, 600 museums and institutions, and a very select group of auction houses.  Koller’s PostWar & Contemporary sale at 2 pm on Saturday will be the very first auction to be broadcast live with Artsy’s new technology, followed by the auction of Prints, Multiples & Photography at 4 pm. All of Koller’s auctions continue to be available for live bidding over our own website, in partnership with Invaluable.com.

“We at Koller are pleased to be partnering with Artsy, as it’s a perfect fit to our strategy of bringing our auctions to an ever-greater number of collectors,” said Cyril Koller, CEO of Koller Auctions. We are very much looking forward to the excitement that the live auction synergy with Artsy is certain to create.”

Sebastian Cwilich, Artsy’s President and COO, said, “Giving Artsy’s global collector base the ability to bid in live auctions at leading auction houses is an important step in our mission to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. We’re excited to partner with leading auction houses to make the thrilling experience of live bidding available to Artsy’s global community of collectors.”

Read Artsy’s full press release here.


10 Years of Swiss Art at Koller

This June, Koller is celebrating ten years of Swiss Art auctions. During the past decade, numerous record prices have made Koller one of the top ranking auction houses in this field. And just in time for its tenth anniversary, an important work by Giovanni Giacometti, the Panorama of Flims, will be offered on 24 June with an estimate of CHF 3 – 4 million (£ 2 – 3 million).


Giovanni Giacometti. Panorama of Flims. 1904. Oil on canvas. 150 x 100 cm,
180 x 200 cm, 150 x 100 cm. Auction on 24 June 2016 Estimate: CHF 3 - 4 million

Koller’s first catalogue devoted exclusively to Swiss Art was published in June 2006. The decision to give Swiss paintings their own dedicated sale was appreciated by collectors in this category, and seven-figure results soon followed. Already in 2007, a portrait of Pierre Josse from 1961 by Alberto Giacometti fetched CHF 3 million
(£ 2 million).

 

 

 

 


 

On 24 June 2011, Koller realized CHF 14 million (£ 10 million) from the sales of Swiss Art alone. During its twelfth auction of Swiss Art in December 2011, Koller broke the world record for a painting by Albert Anker, with CHF 7.3 million (£ 5.2 million) for “The Elder Sister”. One year later, Koller set a new (and still current) world record for the artist with CHF 7.5 million (£ 5.3 million) for Anker’s “Gym lesson in Ins”. In 2013, Koller realized a total of CHF 26 million (£ 18.4 million) for Swiss Art, establishing itself as the leading auction house in this field. Koller has also realized exceptional prices for works by Ferdinand Hodler, such as the 1890 painting “The Road from Evordes” which was sold in June 2013 for CHF 1.1 million (£ 780 000). Important prices are also regularly recorded for works by Giovanni und Gottardo Segantini, Felix Vallotton, Cuno Amiet, Adolf Dietrich and Paul Klee.

Giovanni Giacometti’s Panorama of Flims for Koller’s anniversary

The Swiss Art auctions at Koller have been marked by works from the Giacometti family of artists. The June 2012 auction alone included paintings by Giovanni Giacometti (1868-1933), his younger second cousin Augusto (1877-1947), and Giovanni’s sons Alberto (1901-1966) and Diego (1902-1985). The highest price yet realized for a work by Giovanni Giacometti at Koller was CHF 1.63 million (£ 1.16 million) for “House and Path near Capolago” in June 2011. In this anniversary auction, two works from the Giacometti family will be offered: a bronze lamp from the early 1930s entitled “Figure” by Alberto Giacometti, as well as the well-known and important “Panorama of Flims” by Giovanni Giacometti. This triptych was created in 1904 for the newly-built Park Hotel Waldhaus in Flims, Switzerland (today known as the Mountain Resort & Spa Waldhaus Flims), and marks an important moment in Giacometti’s artistic development. The Waldhaus Flims is visible in the central section of the painting, nestled in a light-filled spring landscape depicting the Flims valley against a majestic backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The right-hand section shows the Caumasee lake with its bath house, constructed in 1880, and the left-hand painting depicts another view from the upper part of the lake of the Waldhaus and Bellavista spa and hotel. The work is estimated at CHF 3 to 4 milllion (£ 2 – 3 million)



Selected Highlights from past auctions

ALBERT ANKER

The gym lesson in Ins. 1879.

Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 7.5 million

2013

ALBERT ANKER

The wine festival. 1865.

Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 4.1 million

2015

FELIX VALLOTTON

Brume de matin aux Andelys. 1917.

Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 687 000

2014

PAUL KLEE

Vier Türme. 1923, 100.

Watercolour and pencil on paper.

Sold for CHF 1.05 million

2007

GIOVANNI GIACOMETTI

House and path in Capolago.

1921. Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 1.63 million

2011

FERDINAND HODLER

The road from Evordes. Circa 1890.

Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 1.1 million

2013

 

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI

(Stampa 1901 - 1966 Chur)

Portrait de Pierre Josse. 1961.1961.

Oil on canvas.

Sold for CHF 3 million

2007



Koller to auction an important work by Giovanni Giacometti: the Flims Panorama

This June, Koller auctions will offer the Flims Panorama, an important and well-known work by Giovanni Giacometti. Giacometti, the father of artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti, painted the three-part oil on canvas in 1904 for the luxurious Hotel Waldhaus, now called Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa (“Waldhaus Flims”), to mark the opening of the hotel’s new casino. The painting remains one of Giacometti’s seminal works. The Waldhaus Flims is visible in the central section of the painting, nestled in a light-filled spring landscape depicting the Flims valley against a majestic backdrop of the Swiss Alps. The right-hand section shows the Caumasee lake with its bath house, constructed in 1880, and the left-hand painting depicts another view from the upper part of the lake of the Waldhaus and Bellavista spa and hotel.


Giovanni Giacometti. The Flims Panorama. 1904. The painting will be auctioned on 24 June 2016 at Koller’s Swiss Art auction in Zurich, and is expected to realize between
3 and 4 million Swiss francs.
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A key work in Giacometti’s artistic development

The Panorama of Flims was painted at a crucial moment in Giacometti’s career: his mentor, Giovanni Segantini, had died only a few years earlier, and Giacometti was in the process of distancing himself from the older artist’s manner. This is particularly evident in the side panels, in which Giacometti is clearly developing a progressive and personal style. The work is significant not only for its aesthetically pleasing aspect, but because it represents the very beginning of Giovanni Giacometti’s artistic breakthrough.

About the Artwork

Giovanni Giacometti (Stampa 1868 – 1933 Glion) The Flims Panorama.
1904. Oil on canvas.
Monogrammed und dated in the lower left of the central section:
GG 1904. 150 x 100 cm; 180 x 200 cm; 150 x 100 cm.
To be offered in Koller Zurich’s Swiss Art auction on 24 June 2016


Forgotten for 80 years before being rediscovered

Shortly after its installation, Giacometti’s painting was removed from the Waldhaus Flims and placed into storage for reasons unknown. For eighty years, the painting’s existence was largely forgotten, until hotel director Josef Müller rediscovered the work in August of 1986 in the hotel’s deep storage. In the presence of Giacometti’s son Bruno and many members of the press, the work was once more exhibited in the Waldhaus Flims, where it remained until very recently. Last year, Z Capital Partners purchased the Waldhaus Flims and will soon pursue a renovation program that will maintain the tradition of the historic hotel as well as its iconic place within the community of Flims. Z Capital ultimately decided that the artwork will be more properly conserved and celebrated in a private or public collection rather than in a busy and popular hotel.


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