NEW YORK—Sotheby’s sale of Swiss art, held in Zurich on May 31, realized CHF 14.7 million ($12.15 million). The top lot was On Lake Geneva (Landscape with Rhythmic Shapes), by Ferdinand Hodler (1853-1918). The work sold for CHF 4.95 million ($4.1 million).
Painted circa 1908, it was the first in a series of about 12 pictures titled “On Lake Geneva.” Hodler painted most of them from slightly different positions in order to give the series a panoramic feel, according to Sotheby’s catalogue.
Another strong price was the CHF 692,000 ($571,917) paid for The Whistle Carver, 1858, by Albert Anker (1831-1910), within the estimated CHF 600,000/ 800,000.
Another painting by Anker, The Little Musician, 1873, also fared well, bringing CHF 804,000 ($664,812), just above the top estimate of CHF 800,000. Snow Mountains, by Giovanni Giacometti (1868-1933), was also a seven-figure lot, fetching CHF 2 million ($1.7 million).
First Rays, 1921, by Félix Vallotton (1865-1925), brought CHF 378,400 ($312,786), against an estimate of CHF 400,000/600,000.