A collection of over 200 royal jewels linked to the Austrian Habsburg dynasty will make its first public appearance in nearly a century at an upcoming Sotheby’s auction in Geneva.
The sale, called Vienna 1900: An Imperial and Royal Collection, features pieces from a single owner that will appear at auction for the first time after recently being discovered in a bank vault, Sotheby’s said last week. The auction will take place in two parts on November 6 and 7 right before the Magnificent Jewels sale. In total, the auction house expects the sale to garner $3.3 million to $5.6 million.
“This collection is arguably the most important Noble Jewels auction since the landmark sale of the royal jewels from the Bourbon Parma family, held by Sotheby’s in Geneva four years ago,” said Andres White Correal, deputy chairman and senior director of jewelry for Sotheby’s. “The collection is truly exceptional. Presented together, their superior craftsmanship and exquisite design brilliantly showcases the style and grandeur of the Habsburg court and permit us a rich glimpse into the private lives of these European ruling houses who gravitated around the court of Vienna.”
Leading the sale is a corsage ornament designed as a garland, supporting natural pearls, which was presented to Archduchess Marie Therese of Austria-Teschen as a wedding gift in 1865. The piece, which Sotheby’s describes as “without a doubt the most significant 19th-century jewel to come to auction in recent years,” carries an upper estimate of CHF 450,000 ($504,820).
Prior to the sale, Sotheby’s will exhibit the collection in New York; Cologne, Germany; Paris; Hong Kong; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Taipei, Taiwan; and London.
Here are some other highlights from the upcoming sale:
Main image: The pearl garland corsage ornament. (Sotheby’s)
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