As one of the leading auction houses in Europe, Galerie Kornfeld in Switzerland has been recognized for its tradition and expertise by collectors, museums and dealers worldwide for many decades. Our auctions are known for the high quality of the artworks on sale and the unparelleled guidance provided by our experts. Catalogues are prepared based on the latest scientific findings and distributed worldwide. The online catalogues continuously attracts the attention of new international buyers.
Switzerland is the world's fifth largest art dealing center. Important business advantages include the low Swiss value added tax and beneficial legal framework, such as the absence of droit de suite applied in the EU countries. This is further supported by a stable political system and highly developed financial services infrastructure. Switzerland is also home to an extraordinary number of important private collections and boasts the densest network of museums in the world.
Our auctions and preview exhibitions traditionally take place during ART Basel. A visit to the preview exhibition in Bern and a personal consultation with the employees of our auction house are part and parcel of a visit to the art fair for international collectors and their agents, museum curators and dealers. Every year in June, this turns Bern into the meeting place for the elite among international collectors and dealers. Our auctions and pre-auction viewings traditionally take place during ART Basel. A visit to the pre-auction exhibition in Bern and a personal consultation with the employees of our auction house are part and parcel of of a visit to the art fair for international collectors and their agents, museum curators and dealers. Every year in June, this turns Bern into the meeting place for the elite among international collectors and dealers.
Did you know that Galerie Kornfeld has always held auctions in June? It is precisely for this reason that the ART Basel founders scheduled the art fair for the same dates.
Works of art are subject to particular “estimation” by Galerie Kornfeld. From an estimate of CHF 100,000, they are included in the main auction of “selected works”, granting them special attention which regularly results in record prices. A small selection of past records can be found at Notable sales
Located at Laupenstrasse 41 close to Bern's main station, the neo-classical Villa Thurmau provides the ideal backdrop for presenting artworks during the preview exhibitions and auctions. The auction room which is connected to the house is a glass and steel pavilion designed by Fritz Haller and offers seating to more than 300 guests. During breaks, auction goers can enjoy refreshments in the beautiful garden surrounded by blooming flowers.
Galerie Kornfeld Auktionen AG is a member of The Art Loss Register. All works, as far as they are uniquely indentifiable and have an estimate of at least EUR 1'000 have been checked against the database of the Register prior to the auction.
The database contains the artworks reported as stolen to the Art Loss Register. If the database should identify any hits, we will naturally support you with the next steps.