Alfred Sisley landscape painting achieves $1.77m ahead of Breguet's personal clock

At Koller Auctions, the Swiss auction house with the highest turnover, 2010 came to a successful conclusion, with many high points at its winter auctions notably Alfred Sisley's "Bords du Loing à Saint-Mammès" from 1892 which made a stunning CHF 1.75m ($1.77m).

Alfred Sisley watercolour
Alfred Sisley's Bords du Loing à Saint-Mammès (oil on canvas)
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A great highlight of the Swiss art was the Hodler Portrait of Giulia Leonardi which made the price of CHF 710,000.

Amongst the antique furniture pieces, many items did well, notably a rare Breguet longcase clock which made CHF 526,000, far over the CHF 100,000 marker.

The exceptional astronomical longcase clock by Breguet served from 1836 to 1855, with a gap of two years, as reference clock in the workshop of the Waadtland clockmaker. It then entered a Swiss family collection where it remained until the present day.

Breguet is of course a watchmaking legend and lends his name to a number of features of fine timepieces in modern times. We reported on the sale of his memoirs for a staggering $2.1m earlier this year.

Longcase Breguet clock
Longcase Breguet clock

The clock was the highlight of the auction of antique furniture and fine decorative objects on December 2.

It was acquired by a private collector after a long bidding war.

Typical of this trend towards high prices for especially rare and interesting objects is the selling price of CHF 420,000 for a pair of Baroque Porphyry busts of the Emperors Caesar and Antonius Pius.

A fireplace suite "aux animaux" made of Meissen porcelain dated 1740 and Paris bronzes from the 18th century reached a sale price of CHF 141,600.

An example of the rising market in 19th century furniture is a Louis XV style cabinet by the sought-after master of period styles Franz Linke.

This piece reached a sale price of CHF 102,000. Also much coveted were the numerous classic objects of the time such as a Louis VI barometer/thermometer circa 1780 which sold for CHF 3,600.

Antique furniture is sometimes underrated as an investment. Collectors of such furniture will be interested to know that a George III period cabinet designed by John Linnell is currently up for sale.


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