In 2000 Patrick Gutknecht opened his gallery specialized in 20th century decorative arts, photography and antique canes in the heart of the Old Town of Geneva.

He expresses his passion in a space of over two hundred square meters that contains furniture, lamps, art deco objects from the 1920s and 1930s, works from the 1940s with a neoclassical esthetic, pieces dating from the post-war period and from the 1960s as well as a few selected contemporary creations and photographs in limited edition. Enthusiasts and collectors visiting the gallery will also find a large selection of collectible decorative and system canes dating from the 16th century to the 1930s. It was the canes that started it all, when Patrick discovered this complex and fascinating world back in 1982. He very quickly became an ardent collector and began a friendship with Catherine Dike, the famous collector and expert, whose knowledge of the subject and reference works are still authoritative internationally.

Over the years, she handed all her knowledge down to this fervent young man, so when she passed away in 1997, it was natural for him to inherit the archives she had built up over forty years and take up the torch. In 1998, Patrick was appointed the scientific curator for an exhibit on “The Cane and its Mysteries” at the Carouge Museum in Geneva. He is also the agent for Odegard rugs and Willy Rizzo creations for Switzerland. He is a member of the Swiss Association of Dealers in Antiques & Art (SADAA), the World Association of Art & Antique Dealer Associations (CINOA), and the Association “Art en Vielle-Ville“.


Some exhibitions organised by the gallery since 2000

HUYEN-Etude 1, Jean-Baptiste Huynh
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  • 2023 : « Lumière intime » photographies de Jean-Baptiste Huynh
  • 2022 : « Voyage à travers un siècle d’arts décoratifs »
  • 2021 : « Lumières » - luminaires et meubles éclairants de 1920 à 1970
  • 2020 : « 20 ans de la galerie Patrick Gutknecht »
  • 2019 : "Jean-Baptiste Huynh" - photographs
  • 2018 : "Welcome to the Dark Corporation" photographs by Cédric Delsau
  • 2017: "Jean-Baptiste Huynh" - photographs
  • 2016 : "Sculpting in time" photographs by Emmanuelle Michaux
  • 2015 : « Photographies : 2005-2014 » - Cédric Delsaux
  • 2014: "True Fictions by Bernard Faucon"
  • 2013 : "The most beautiful women in the world" photographs by Willy Rizzo
  • 2012 : "Modernity and Tradition" in the Decorative Arts from 1920 to 1960
  • 2011 : "The Sense of Detail" in 20th Century Decorative Arts
  • 2010 : "Jacques Adnet - decorator and designer"
  • 2009 : "Materials" - 20th century decorative arts and unusual materials
  • 2008 : "State of the Seats" - a selection of seats from 1920 to 1975
  • 2007 : "Lights on the 20th century" - lighting and light objects from 1925 to 1970
  • 2006 : "Beauty and the Beast" - decorative arts from 1920 to 1970
  • 2005 : "Victoire Cathalan - painting" and decorative arts from 1920 to 1970
  • 2001 : "Françoise Adnet - 50 years of painting" in dialogue with the decorative arts from 1920 to 1970


Catalogue of the exhibition "The Cane and its Mysteries". Published on the occasion of the exhibition organised at the Musée de Carouge, Geneva, from 18 March to 31 May 1998. Introduction by Jean M. Marquis, texts by Patrick Gutknecht, with the collaboration of J.-M. Moret (Le bâton d'Oedipe), A. Montandon (Les cannes du Dandy), P. Rudaz (Travail du bois), F. Cottier-Angeli (Cannes précolombiennes du Pérou) and C. Savary (African canes).

135 pages with colour, black and white illustrations and black and white archive photographs. (available on request from the gallery)

Catalogue of the exhibition "Jacques Adnet, décorateur ensemblier". Published on the occasion of the exhibition organised by the Patrick Gutknecht Gallery in Geneva in April 2010. Preface by Françoise Adnet, text by Patrick Gutknecht.

88 pages with colour illustrations and black and white archive photographs. (available on request from the gallery)

Catalogue of the Emmanuelle Michaux exhibition "Sculpting in Time". Published on the occasion of the exhibition organised by the Patrick Gutknecht Gallery in Geneva in February 2016. Texts by Hervé Le Goff and Arthur Dreyfus.

80 pages with colour illustrations. (available on request at the gallery).