Famous Auction Houses in Switzerland
Switzerland is one of the world’s major auction centers. This includes dozens of major international auction houses such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s, as well as local ones such as Schuler Auction, Zofingen Auction, Eberhart Auction, Burkard Auction, and Dobiaschofsky Auction. Here are four auction houses that SUISSEPIC had the opportunity of checking out.
Sotheby’s in Switzerland
Talstrasse 83, Zürich
Rue François-Diday 2, Geneva
Founded in London in 1744, Sotheby’s is one of the world’s first auction houses. It has a large network around the globe. In 1969, Sotheby’s opened an office in Zürich. Seven years later, the famous auction house arrived in Geneva. Today, Sotheby’s holds some of the most spectacular sales of jewelry, watches, and significant works of art by some the most celebrated artists from around of the world.
Place de la Taconnerie 8, Geneva
Founded in London in 1766, Christie’s is the largest auction house in the world. They regularly host auctions of jewelry, furniture, watches, and contemporary and modern art. In Switzerland, this auction house hosts previews and special events of major upcoming international auctions. The first auction in Geneva was held at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in 1968. In 1991, Christie’s opened its second representative office in the Kunsthaus Zürich.
Galerie Fischer Auction
Haldenstrasse 19, Lucerne
Galerie Fischer Auction is one of the oldest auction houses in Switzerland. Founded in Lucerne in 1907, this auction house is known to focus on paintings, modern and contemporary art, furniture, and sculptures. It is also a leading auctioneer in porcelain, silver, jewelry, watches, and antiques.
Galerie Fischer collaborates with some of the foremost collectors, museums, art experts, and art dealers. It has expanded its international activities by taking part in the Asia International Arts and Antiques Fair (AIAA) in Hong Kong. This gallery holds fine art auctions twice a year in May/June and November, and an auction of antique arms and armor once a year in September.
Over the years, Galerie Fischer has auctioned off several famous art, arms, and armor collections. This includes the Grand Duke of Saxony’s rifle collection (1927), a collection of Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia (1928), the Erbach Arms and Armor Collection (1931), the Schübeler Impressionist Painting Collection (1964), the Erbach Castle Library (1967), and a collection of watercolors, drawings, and graphics of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein in Vienna (1969).
Koller Auction House
Hardturmstrasse 102, Zürich
Rue de l’Athénée 2, Geneva
Koller Auction House is one of the largest and most prestigious auction houses in Switzerland and Europe. Founded in 1958 by an attorney named Pierre Koller in Zürich, it was originally a gallery that sold equestrian engravings and antique furniture. In 1980, Koller opened an office in Geneva.
This auction house primarily focuses on Swiss modern and impressionist art. This house also deals with furniture, books, silver, jewelry, carpets, designs, and wine. The Zürich office conducts four annual auctions in March, June, September, and December. The Geneva office holds two annual auctions in May and November.
Since its founding, Koller Auction House has grown into Switzerland’s leading auction house, with locations in China, Russia, France, Germany, and Australia. Every year, Koller will hold over 30 auctions around the world, giving individuals the opportunity to place bids for fine and decorative arts, jewelry, Asian art, and wine. This auction house will regularly set record prices and boast a number of sales of unknown but notable works. Previous auctions have included a Joachim Wtewael oil on copper work (1999), a masterpiece by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder (2008), a chest of drawers by the famous cabinetmaker to King Louis XIV, André-Charles Boulle (2009), and Panorama of Flims, a painting by the Swiss artist Giovanni Giacometti (2016).
Today, Koller Auction House is a member of the International Auctioneers Group, an international network of leading auction houses that include Dorotheum, Lempertz, and Venator & Hanstein.