The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy,’ which has adorned the bonnets of Rolls-Royce cars since 1911, is being reiterated for the first time in history in the form of a Fabergé Egg. The two luxury houses, Rolls-Royce Motor Car and Fabergé, collaborated on creating the exceptionally precious ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg.
The enigmatic mascot, the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ which has become an instantly recognisable symbol of Rolls-Royce opulent motor cars, will be cocooned in an exquisite, 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 workmaster Paul Jones, creating a contemporary interpretation of one of the world’s most fabled and prized possessions.
This ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg is the second to be commissioned in the ‘Imperial Class’ since 1917* – a category reserved only for Fabergé’s most illustrious creations. Masterpieces of both brands have been sought after more than century, and this latest collaboration is destined for the residence of a great collector of both brands.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented in the occasions and said: “’The Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of Bespoke personalisation.”
In fact, a team of seven craftspeople from Fabergé undertook the challenge of bringing the design into existence using the finest materials coupled with their extraordinary skill as artist jewellers.
This ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg sits on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché base of 18 karat white gold. The precious inhabitant of the Egg, the ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ is protected by arms of rose gold that define the shape of the egg.
The Egg can be brought into life by operating a discreet lever situated at the base of the stand. Once in motion, the arms open to expose the hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal figurine. 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 ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg adopts a highly complex operating mechanism, conceived through computer-aided design and animation, developed with micro engineering. The success of this mechanism, and in turn the piece as a whole, can be attributed to the goldsmiths’ art as craftspeople and their ability to meld this skill with technology, creating a work of art that could not be created by man alone. The piece embodies both the artistic design and engineering skill.
Sean Gilbertson, CEO of Fabergé commented on the creation and 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.”
The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg has been premiered at the House of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, to a host of distinguished guests and venerable patrons of the marque on 23 October 2018. The Egg will then be on public display in Fabergé’s London window this Christmastime.