The luxury car world is one of constant marketing of what derisively is called trash and trinkets. Not quite the case here since there is historical precedent for Faberge Easter Eggs. Building from that, the unique Spirit of Ecstasy Fabergé Egg no doubt will be expensive. In the beginning,with only 50 pre-1917 Imperial Eggs completed, these art pieces became some of the most valuable objects ever made.
Now, to cash in on the exclusivity, a new Fabergé Egg has been created. Two of the world’s houses of luxury have joined forces to create “one unique objet d’art, for one discerning patron.” Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé have announced the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg.
For the first time in history, an iteration of the Spirit of Ecstasy, the mascot that has adorned Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1911, is a contemporary Fabergé Egg. The design, conceived by Rolls-Royce Designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes and rendered by Fabergé Lead Designer Liisa Talgren, has been brought to life by Fabergé foreman Paul Jones. So, this is a contemporary interpretation of one of the world’s most fabled possessions.
This ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg, the second to be commissioned in the ‘Imperial Class’ since 1917 – a category reserved only for Fabergé’s most illustrious creations – celebrates the history, heritage and legend of both Rolls-Royce and Fabergé. The Egg is destined for the residence of an unnamed great collector of both brands.
A team of seven craftspeople from Fabergé undertook made the design. Cues from Fabergé’s heritage are woven into the intricate design which stands at 160 mm and weighs just 400 grams, with the Egg harnessing – claims Rolls – the ‘surprise and delight’ attributes for which Imperial Eggs are celebrated.
The Egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché base of 18 karat white gold. Arms of rose gold define the shape of the Egg, acting as a protective chamber Upon operating the movement via a discreet lever at the base of the stand, the boughs open to present the fine figurine of the Spirit of Ecstasy, hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal, standing nobly in her opulent surrounds. The rose gold vanes, embellished with nearly 10 carats of round white diamonds, resolve into swathes of natural amethyst weighing over 390 carats, specially selected for its color saturation and quality. The purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide evoke the use of color found in Fabergé’s heritage.