Fabergé is introducing two limited-edition eggs to its Objet d’Art collection, which pay homage to its rich heritage. The Fabergé Wild Strawberry Egg and Fabergé WaterLily Egg, destined to become future heirlooms, are limited to just 10 numbered editions per design
August 26, 2022: Fabergé has always looked to nature for inspiration. One of the most famous examples of this is the iconic Winter Egg of 1913. The enchanting rock crystal egg opened to reveal a basket of delicate white anemones inside, a beautiful representation of the first blooms emerging after a winter frost. Peter Carl Fabergé was considered a genius of the ancient enamelling technique, offering over 145 new colours and establishing himself as a true pioneer in the field, a legacy that the Maison proudly continues today.
Fabergé is introducing two limited-edition eggs to its Objet d’Art collection, which pay homage to its rich heritage, fusing the iconic egg with the celebrated flower studies for which Peter Carl Fabergé was renowned. The Fabergé Wild Strawberry Egg and Fabergé Water Lily Egg are each destined to become future heirlooms and are limited to just ten numbered editions per design.
Crafted entirely by hand using time-honoured techniques, the creation of these unique egg objets was overseen by Fabergé Workmaster, Dr. Marcus Mohr. In close collaboration with his small team of craftspeople in Pforzheim, Germany, Dr. Mohr has been working with Fabergé since the Maison was re-launched in 2009. Mohr explores new and innovative ways to bring historical craftsmanship into the 21st century, focusing on the craft of guilloché enamelling – although the core processes of this art form have remained unchanged for 130 years.
Dr. Mohr says: “What I find fascinating about the work is the orchestration of a number of specialists – or rather soloists. Each of these soloists is part of a centuries-old tradition that is in danger of being forgotten today. Fabergé keeps this tradition alive by amalgamating challengingly beautiful designs and concepts with the possibilities of the finest craftsmanship. These objects conserve culture and tradition and preserve them for eternity. This is a passion that my great-grandfather, a contemporary of Peter Carl Fabergé himself, passed down to me. Today, it is my mission to continue this legacy and to ensure that these traditions are passed down to the next generation.”
Faberge’s craftspeople have meticulously hand-painted the unique coloured enamelling powder onto each of the egg objets, taking at least three layers and five firings in the kiln to create the desired translucent effect, to best showcase the beauty of the light reflecting off the enamel and the depth of the detail that lies beneath.
The Fabergé 18k Yellow Gold Red Guilloché Enamel Egg Objet with Wild Strawberry Surprise is decorated with a vibrant red guilloché enamel ‘shell’ and opens to reveal a charming wild strawberry surprise sitting upon an 18k yellow gold guilloché base. Standing 75mm high, the egg is mounted on a stand crafted from carved aventurine and includes a responsibly sourced Gemfields Mozambican cabochon ruby button. In the 18k yellow gold strawberry plant, every strawberry is hand-painted with red enamel. 18k yellow gold leaves are enamelled in green and at the heart of the plant is a single flower comprised of six Akoya cultured pearl petals with a yellow sapphire centre. The object's base opens into a fluted gold setting - a surface structure typical of Fabergé, sophisticated in its workmanship and at the same time a dynamic handmade motif.
The Fabergé 18k Yellow Gold Blue Guilloché Enamel Egg Objet with Water Lily Surprise stands at 77mm high. It includes a responsibly sourced Gemfields Zambian emerald square cut button and sits upon a carved nephrite base. The water lily is formed from a hand-carved Peruvian pink opal set with diamonds and 18k yellow gold and is mounted on a leaf which has been enamelled in a dark green colour. The water lily is fixed upon a guilloché 18k yellow gold disc.