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On a wing and a prayer at a Swiss saleroom

26 February 2024

One of the earliest pieces in the auction of works of art at Koller in Zürich on March 21 is a copper and enamel figure of a dove.

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Fuseli fantasies on offer in Basel saleroom

26 February 2024

Paintings by the Anglo-Swiss artist Henry Fuseli, who was born in 1741 as Johann Heinrich Füssli, seldom make it to auction.

The premises of Pennsylvania auction house Morphy Auctions

Morphy unveils transatlantic tie-up

08 February 2024

In a move that will be watched closely by US and European auction houses, Pennsylvania-based Morphy Auctions has launched a new operation in Switzerland.

Quran

Beautiful Quran bought for nearly £300,000 at Swiss auction

08 January 2024

The extensive auctions at Schuler (23/20/16% buyer’s premium) in Zürich always contain at least one truly spectacular result and the latest three-day sale was no exception.

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Still-lifes and landscapes reflect the Dutch Golden Age

18 September 2023

Golden Age Dutch works in the form of still-lifes and landscapes will be on offer at Koller in Zurich in an auction of Old Masters on September 22.

Doucai 'chicken cup'

Police appeal for stolen Ming dynasty Chinese doucai cup

22 August 2023

The Metropolitan Police is offering a Serious Crime Reward of up to £10,000 for information leading to the recovery of a Ming Dynasty cup stolen in 2019 but still missing.

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Asian buyers battle at auction for relics of their regions

24 July 2023

Recent sales of Asian art achieved some memorable prices, paid not surprisingly by Asian buyers.

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Time to consider pocket watches as a collecting option

19 June 2023

Recent auction results in Germany and Switzerland give a snapshot of the market beyond wristwatches

Panticapaeum gold stater

Miniature masterpiece gold stater retakes title of the most expensive classical coin

29 May 2023

A Panticapaeum gold stater, struck in present day Crimea c.350-300BC, has regained the rank of the world’s most expensive classical coin.

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Hungary's Munkácsy bid to more than three times estimate at Swiss auction

29 May 2023

Like many of his colleagues, the Hungarian painter Mihály Munkácsy (1844-1900) visited the major art centres of his day, such as Munich and Düsseldorf, before finally settling in Paris in 1871.

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French artist’s nude makes four times estimate in Geneva

24 April 2023

The stand-out lot offered at a recent sale at Piguet (23% buyer’s premium) of Geneva was a female nude by Jean Souverbie (1891-1981).

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Anker sketch with Renaissance undertones

24 April 2023

Works by Albert Anker (1881-1910) are as popular with today’s Swiss collectors as they were in the late 19th century

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Lion hunt painting proves a real catch in Zürich auction

24 April 2023

The biggest surprise at a sale held by Schuler (23/20/16% buyer’s premium) came when the dramatic depiction of The Lion Hunt was offered for SFr3000

Beurret Bailly Widmer Auktionen

Industry news: Artcurial expands into Switzerland and a new Edinburgh saleroom for Bonhams

20 April 2023

A round up of industry news including French auction house Artcurial buying Swiss firm Beurret Bailly Widmer Auktionen.

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Pomodoro in the round

21 November 2022

This 1966 work by the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro (b.1926) will feature in Koller’s Post War and Contemporary sale on December 1 in Zurich.

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Swiss selection of Russian silver

17 October 2022

A three-day auction held by Schuler (23/20/16% buyer’s premium) in Zurich achieved numerous notable results.

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Rich harvest nine years later

17 October 2022

The private collector who consigned a painting he had bought at Sotheby’s in London in 2013 to Koller (25/22/15% buyer’s premium) in Zurich for the auction on September 23 will have been most agreeably surprised by the result.

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Merian marvel in Switzerland

12 September 2022

The Books & Autographs auction at Koller in Zurich on September 21 features the greatest work by artist and naturalist Maria Sybilla Merian on the insects and fauna of Surinam, estimated at SwFr120,000-160,000.

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Fluttering around in Surinam

16 May 2022

Though it is the pineapple that is most prominent, it is the assortment of creatures that flutter around, climb or emerge from its leaves that are the principal attraction of this coloured plate, below.

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Swiss peak proves to be a bargain price 15 years on

09 May 2022

During the late summer of 1907, the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler visited the Engadin region and painted six landscapes of nearby mountains.