Alfardan Jewellery unveiled on Thursday the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ egg at the Faberge booth at the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition (DJWE), which runs until February 25 at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre.
From kings and queens to entrepreneurs, many of the most prominent and wealthy collectors of the 20th and 21st century have been beguiled by the lure of a Faberge Egg, described as the pinnacle of ornamental expression.
With just 50 pre-1917 Imperial Eggs completed, these exceptionally precious creations are some of the most valuable and coveted objects ever to have been made. Now, in a contemporary fashion, a new Faberge Egg has been created.
The Spirit of Ecstasy Faberge Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of bespoke personalisation, said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Faberge have joined forces to create one unique objet d’art, the Spirit of Ecstasy Faberge Egg.
For the first time in history, an iteration of the Spirit of Ecstasy, the enigmatic mascot that has adorned Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 1911, is cocooned in an exquisite, contemporary, Faberge Egg.
The Spirit of Ecstasy Faberge Egg, the second to be commissioned in the ‘Imperial Class’ since 1917 – a category reserved only for Faberge’s most illustrious creations – celebrates the history, heritage and legend for which both Rolls-Royce and Faberge have been revered over more than a century. The egg is destined for the residence of a great collector of both brands.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos said: “The Spirit of Ecstasy Faberge Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of bespoke personalisation. Responding to the continuing demands of patrons in search of unique and cherished possessions, a designer at the House of Rolls-Royce sketched an egg, igniting a fascination that will undoubtedly become one of the most collectable items of modern times.”
The enigmatic muse that has adorned Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since 1911 is cocooned in Faberge's Spirit of Ecstasy egg.
A team of seven craftspeople from Faberge undertook the challenge of fabricating the design using the finest materials married with their extraordinary skill as artist jewellers.
Design cues from Faberge’s heritage are masterfully woven into the intricate design, which stands at 160mm and weighs just 400g, with the egg harnessing the ‘surprise and delight’ attributes for which Imperial Eggs are celebrated.
The egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloche base of 18 karat white gold. Arms of rose gold define the shape of the egg, acting as a protective chamber for the egg’s precious inhabitant.
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.
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 colour saturation and quality. The purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Faberge’s heritage.
The Spirit of Ecstasy Faberge Egg adopts a highly-complex operating mechanism, conceived through computer-aided design and animation, developed with micro engineering.
The piece embodies both the artistic design and engineering skill that one expects from a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and Faberge and has probably the most complicated opening of any Faberge Egg to date.
Faberge CEO Sean Gilbertson said: “A unique moment in both our companies’ history, the creation of the Spirit of Ecstasy egg represents the meeting of two masters of unrivalled quality and design, showcasing two globally recognised symbols – the Faberge Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy.”
Alfardan Group vice chairman and Alfardan Jewellery president Ali Alfardan said: “We are very happy and proud of this iconic collaboration as the official representatives of both luxury brands in Qatar. We are honoured to have Alfardan Jewellery pavilion at the 2019 DJWE selected for the unveil venue.
“The egg will be on display at the Faberge booth inside our pavilion during the DJWE so all avid luxury enthusiasts are welcome to view this masterpiece that is available on February 25 only.”
Fifty Imperial Easter eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916. These creations are inextricably linked to the lives of the Romanov family.
Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893 during the reign of Emperor Alexander III. A further 40 were created during the rule of his son, Nicholas II, two each year – one for his mother the dowager, the second for his wife. Exploring the great archives of Rolls-Royce will reveal that Tsar Nicholas II was indeed also a patron of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
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