Tuesday 11 December 2018

An exquisite "Toi et Moi" Ring from the Estate of the Bloch-Bauer Family

An exquisite

An exquisite diamond ring, gifted by Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, husband to Adele Bloch-Bauer, who was immortalised by Gustav Klimt as his 'Woman in Gold', to their great niece, has been sold in the Sotheby's December Fine Jewels sale.

The 'Toi et Moi' ring, set with a circular-cut tinted brown and near colourless diamond weighing 2.19 and 1.85 carats respectively witn an estimated of $6.300- 8,800 fetched $ 55,186. 


Gustave Klimt, Adele Bloch-Bauer 1, 1907.

Collection of the Neue Galerie New York. © Fine Art Images/ heritage-images/ Topfoto. 

“Austria’s Mona Lisa,” as she was nicknamed married Ferdinand Bloch in 1899. And chances are high that the ring once adorned Adele's tapered fingers. 

Kristian Spofforth, Head of Sotheby's London Jewellery Department, said: "Klimt immortalised Adele Bloch-Bauer in an armour of gold and jewels, demonstrating the rich dialogue between the disciplines in the Art Nouveau movement. The jewel is a glittering fragment of the opulence of early 20th-century Vienna. The simplicity of its design and its beautiful curved lines also make it a jewel of timeless modernity".

Discover more about the story behind this ring, whose story intertwines with that of one of the most iconic paintings in the history of art.

Source: Sotheby's, Marketscreener