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150 Years Of Swiss Art In 150 Works

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150 Years Of Swiss Art In 150 Works

Zürich – Christie’s 37th Swiss Art Auction on 17 September will return to the Kunsthaus Zürich, Grosser Vortragssaal, where the museum’s renovation work has now been completed. In Spring 1994, Christie’s conducted its Swiss Art auction for the first time in this location, and we are delighted to be back at the Kunsthaus. The upcoming Swiss Art auction will present 141 lots, of which 100% have been consigned by private international collectors and 64% of which are offered at auction for the first time. The sale represents the auction debut for the Swiss artist trio Mickry 3, and is led by 20 works from the former collection of Bruno Giacometti, the youngest of the four Giacometti siblings, showcasing works by Alberto, Augusto, Giovanni and Diego Giacometti.Bruno was part of a true artistic dynasty and he himself was trained as an architect. Not only did he inherit countless paintings, sculptures and design objects made by members of his family, he also stood in as a model for some of their work.Bruno’s collection of works that were made by his brothers, Alberto and Diego, included some of their figurative lithographs and etchings, along with a selection of design pieces and decorative art objects, such as Lampe coupe aux deux figures by Alberto, created circa 1950 (estimate: CHF500,000-700,000).

An example of the furniture created by Diego that Bruno owned is the side table Guéridon aux harpies, 1955, with its decorative mythical figures (estimate: CHF150,000-200,000). Among Diego’s great admirers and contractors were Marguerite and Aimé Maeght, for whom he designed a chair in 1955 – Modell Foundation Maeght. The same model was later re-cast for the Musée Picasso. One chair also entered the collection of Bruno Giacometti and is offered in the auction with an estimate of CHF80,000-120,000.

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