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The Spirit of Ecstasy Egg

 

From Kings and Queens to technology entrepreneurs, many of the most prominent and wealthy collectors of the 20th and 21st century have been beguiled by the lure of a Fabergé Egg. 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. In 2018, a new Fabergé egg was created when two of the world’s most esteemed houses of luxury, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Fabergé, joined forces to create the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ 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, has been cocooned in an exquisite, contemporary, Fabergé egg. The design, conceived by Rolls-Royce Designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes and rendered by Fabergé’s Lead Designer Liisa Tallgren, was brought to life by Fabergé workmaster Paul Jones, creating a contemporary interpretation of one of the world’s most fabled and prized possessions.

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The commissioning of a Rolls-Royce motor car is often a seminal moment for the patron, so too is the commissioning of a Fabergé egg. Indeed, 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 for which both Rolls-Royce and Fabergé have been revered over more than a century. Both brands have navigated the vicissitudes of time and continue to produce the ultimate in luxury.
 

The egg is destined for the residence of a great collector of both brands. The design connects the elements that lie at the very core of each marque – the Spirit of Ecstasy, the illustrious muse that has guided each Rolls-Royce motor car for over a century, and the form of a Fabergé egg, the pinnacle of ornamental expression. The masterpiece resulting from this distinguished collaboration reflects the extraordinary attention to detail and the consummate craftsmanship for which both brands are renowned to this day.

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The egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché base of 18kt white gold. Arms of rose gold define the shape of the egg, acting as a protective chamber for the precious inhabitant within. Upon operating the movement via a discreet lever at the base of the stand, a sense of theatre ensues as 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 colour saturation and quality. The purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Fabergé’s heritage. The technical mastery of Fabergé prevails as the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé 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 Fabergé, and probably has the most complicated opening of any Fabergé egg to date. Sean Gilbertson, Chief Executive Officer at Fabergé 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 Fabergé Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy.” Fifty Imperial Easter eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family between 1885 and 1916, and 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 dutiful son, Nicholas II, two each year – one for his mother the dowager, the second for his wife. If we explore the great archives of Rolls-Royce, we find that Tsar Nicholas II was indeed also a patron of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
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The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé 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.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös
Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
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