The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, May 26, 2018

Koller Auctions celebrate a big anniversary: The 90th birthday of company founder Pierre Koller
Pierre Koller with his sister Antoinette in 1970. © Koller Auctions.

ZURICH.- Koller Auctions is one of the top-selling auction houses worldwide. The basis for this was laid by company founder Pierre Koller, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on 15 September. In the furniture department, his specialty, he is still active as a consultant and auctioneer. The rare Boulle-Bureau-Plat, with an estimate of CHF 1.5 to 2.5 million, will be auctioned off by him on 18 September.

Already as a young man Pierre Koller was enthusiastic for art - above all he was cap- tured by depictions of horses. In 1958, as a 34-year-old lawyer, he opened a gallery specialising in „Equitation“ at Dufour Strasse in Zurich, where he mediated paintings and etchings on the theme „horse and rider“. Soon the gallery program was expan- ded and in 1961 the company moved to Rämistrasse 8, where an auction house with a wide range would finally develop on 5 floors.

Establishment and specialisation
The partnership Pierre Koller entered into with his sister Antoinette, who joined the company in 1959 and had an unerring eye for ceramics, silver and Asian art, pa- ved new terrain for the young art company- Antoinette Koller‘s death in December 1998 was a great loss not only for the family, but also for the gallery. Pierre Koller in turn became an internationally renowned specialist for antique furniture and “Objets d‘art”. He became an auctioneer in 1960, when he was able to auction off some sig- nificant collections, including a privately owned collection of clocks from Augsburg. This successful auction was soon followed by the next. High-quality objects and often whole collections could be offered at Rämistrasse, where collectors and dealers from home and abroad soon went in and out.

Skillful company expansion
With the establishment of a branch at Hardturmstrasse in 1974, the middle and lower price segments could be expanded further and with their own auctions attracted a younger clientele. In 1975 a further branch was opened at the Castle Lucens in the French-speaking part of Switzerland and later moved to the Rue de l‘Athénée in Geneva in 1980 for practical reasons. Today Castle Lucens, where further auctions were held, shines in its former splendour thanks to the commitment of Pierre Koller. In 1991 “Galerie Koller” left the center of Zurich and moved its headquarters to Hard- turmstrasse 102 in Zurich West, more customer-friendly due to its proximity to the airport and highway. Since then four large, prestigious auctions take place annually, while just across the street the more inexpensive Koller West segment is offered at auction. In 1998 Pierre finally passed the management of the company over to his son Cyril Koller, who further focused on special fields, and helped the painting de- partment, as its head, reach international attention with several record sales. He also extended the global representative network. In 2008 „Galerie Koller“ changed into „Koller Auctions“, leaving behind the former gallery operations. Koller Auctions, with sales over CHF 100 million and a share of around 70% international buyers, is still family-owned and one of the world‘s leading addresses for art auctions today.

Today Pierre Koller still operates as Honorary Chairman of the Board and as consultant and auctioneer in his specialist area, with a private office and secretary at Hardturmstrasse. Privately, he is married to Ursula Koller-Lehner since 1965, father of three sons and as from December 2014 grandfather to a dozen grandchildren. On his own account he opened a retail store for art and antiques ( in Engelberg in 2010, having previously instituted a hotel there with items from his collection. On 18 September, he will realize a further lifelong dream with the auction of the important Boulle desk. We wish our founder all the best and a very Happy Birthday.

Today's News

September 5, 2014

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art unfolds at the McNay Art Museum

Sotheby's to offer 57 seminal works at its Modern and Contemporary Asian Art Sale

Andy Warhol@Christie's: 'American Pastimes: Sports & Politics' online-only sale announced

Dreadnoughtus: Meet Argentina's supermassive, 85 feet from nose to tail, 'fear nought' dino

Scientists at Germany's Karl May Museum weigh returning Native American scalp

Asia Society Museum presents first major NYC exhibition on Nam June Paik since his death in 2006

Galerie Springer Berlin displays colour photographs by American photographer Joel Meyerowitz

One and only: Unique photographs and works on paper by Ray K. Metzker on view at Laurence Miller Gallery

National Portrait Gallery announces Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2014 shortlist

Koller Auctions celebrate a big anniversary: The 90th birthday of company founder Pierre Koller

First institutional solo exhibition by Thomas Hirschhorn in Berlin opens at Schinkel Pavillon

Exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Nathaniel Mary Quinn opens at Pace London

Exhibition at Boston University Art Gallery features over one hundred of Todd Hido's recent works

Exhibition reveals an artist reaching for the sublime through five decades of counting

Sincere Auto Care: Mitchell-Innes & Nash exhibits the work of Justine Kurland

US debut solo exhibition by German artist Helene Appel opens at James Cohan Gallery

Farhad Moshiri's first solo exhibition with Galerie Perrotin in New York opens

First international art fair dedicated to photography in China opens in Shanghai

'Miracle' of the Marne: the WWI battle that changed history

Hermès Diamond Himalayan Birkin could break the $203,150 auction record

Doyle New York to auction objects by Tiffany deaccessioned from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Local scientist to discuss his research on the world's largest-ever flying bird

Ex-Nigel Mansell 1989 Ferrari F40 to star in Bonhams Zoute Sale

Chris Marker's uncensored record of daily life in North Korea on view at Peter Blum

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful