This week, Sotheby’s London Fine Jewels sale has recently sold a piece of historical significance, dating back to the Art Nouveau period. A "toi et moi" originally owned by Austrian industrialist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, was believed to have been worn by his wife, Adele, who was the muse and subject for Gustav Klimt when he painted “The Woman in Gold.”
“The story of this ring intertwines with that of one of the most iconic paintings in the history of art," said Kristian Spofforth, Sotheby’s head of their London jewelry department, on the history of the piece.
“Klimt immortalized Adele Bloch-Bauer in an armor of gold and jewels, demonstrating the rich dialogue between the disciplines in the Art Nouveau movement," Spofforth continued. "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.”
After years of traveling with the descendants and relatives of the Bloch-Bauer family, the ring was sold on Tuesday to a private bidder.
More information on the sales results at the auction can be found on Sotheby’s website.
Information originally sourced from National Jeweler