[Luxus Magazine] Sotheby’s puts the Vienna 1900 Royal Collection up for sale

See you in Geneva on 6 and 7 November 2023. The auction house Sotheby’s will be auctioning a line of jewellery from imperial Vienna in the 19th and 20th centuries.


The auction market continues to turn heads. On 6 and 7 November, Sotheby’s will be auctioning a collection of more than 200 jewels that have not been seen for some fifty years, kept in a bank vault. This exceptional collection comprises jewellery ranging from tiaras to pearl necklaces and diamond brooches. This exclusive line, belonging to a single owner, was gradually assembled in Vienna, and features the all-powerful Austro-Hungarian Empire of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Jewellery that tells the story of Europe


After the fall of the monarchy in France, Vienna became the centre of Europe, welcoming royal families from all over the continent. The pieces in the Vienna 1900 collection trace the varied styles worn at court by members of the royal houses of Habsburg, Bourbon-Parma, Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

Indeed, jewellery was an integral part of the lives of nobles and royalty, and was seen as a symbol of the role held by its owner. As experts have pointed out, the pieces were often given as gifts at weddings or births and passed down through the family. These jewels bear witness to the jewellery art of previous decades, and shine as much for their beauty as for the stories they tell.


Diamonds, rubies, pearls…


There is a corsage front, a wedding gift for Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria-Teschen from her husband Philip of Württemberg in 1865, signed by Viennese jeweller Emil Biedermann.

A necklace and brooch set with rubies and diamonds in the shape of flowers, made by Köchert, are also part of the lot. These jewels were Emperor Franz Joseph’s wedding present for his niece Archduchess Marguerite Sophie of Austria when she married Duke and Crown Prince Albert of Württemberg in 1893. Like many 19th-century pieces, the necklace can be transformed into a tiara, while the brooch can be worn as is or in two parts.


Necklace convertible into a tiara set with rubies and diamonds ©Sotheby’s


Another masterpiece in the collection is a tiara adorned with diamonds and natural pearls that belonged to Princess Marie-Immaculée de Bourbon-Deux-Siciles, Archduchess of Austria-Tuscany from 1844 to 1899.


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Front page photo : Diamond and pearl corsage front ©Sotheby’s

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