ZURICH—A large version of Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler’s Lumberjack, 1910, was sold during Christie’s traditional Swiss art sale in Zurich the evening of March 14 for CHF2.5 million ($2.2 million) to the Musée d’ Orsay, Paris.
The price was among the highest figures ever paid for a Hodler painting at auction; it accounted for a substantial portion of the CHF7.5 million ($6.6 million) sale. Approximately 207 works were sold at a rate of 82 percent by lot.
Another indication of the growing international interest for some Swiss artists of the early 20th century was the CHF480,000 ($422,400) paid for a newly discovered mountain-lake painting, Lago di Cavloccio, 1922, by Giovanni Giacometti (father of Alberto Giacometti), which went to an American collector bidding via phone.
This successful Swiss sale was the last one held under the aegis of Christie’s Zurich head Cornelia Pallavicini, who is relocating to Christie’s London on April 1, as a director of the European board. She is succeeded in her present post by Dirk Boll of Germany, who was formerly head of Christie’s bureau in Stuttgart.
CHRISTIAN VON FABER CASTELL