Saturday, 24 March 2012

THE FABERGÉ BIG EGG HUNT AUCTION! Xx

Tom Parker Bowles, Nick Candy and Holly Valance, 
Richard Caring, James Caan and artists Marc Quinn, 
Polly Morgan and Nicky Haslam, were amongst a host of celebrities, 
artists and supporters who turned out in force on Tuesday 20th March 
for The Fabergé Big Egg Banquet, at The Royal Courts of Justice. 
The event saw 30 uniquely designed eggs from 
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt auctioned, raising over £667,000 
for charities Elephant Family and Action for Children.

Lisa Butcher with the Humpty Dumpty Egg 

The eggs, including exquisite pieces from Marc Quinn, 
Mary Katrantzou and Sir Peter Blake, were auctioned by 
Henry Wyndham of Sotheby’s. 
 Henry Wyndham with the Humpty Dumpty Egg that sold for £51,000

Eggs sold on the night included a Humpty Dumpty egg 
signed by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall 
and designed by The Prince’s Drawing School, for £51,000,
 ‘stolen’ letter box egg by artist Benjamin Shine, for £42,000, 
and Marc Quinn’s simply entitled ‘Egg’, for £40,000.
 Zaha Hadid’s ‘Dichotomy’ fetched £45,000, 

whilst Jane Morgan’s ‘A Penny For Your Thoughts’ 
reached £30,000 on the night.

 Benjamin Shine Egg



Marc Quinn's 'Egg'

Zaha Hadid's 'Dichotomy'

Jane Morgan’s ‘A Penny For Your Thoughts’ 


The star studded event, hosted by Mark Shand,
 founder of Elephant Family, and Dame Clare Tickell, 
Chief Executive of Action for Children, 
saw guests enjoy a refined cuisine of Roast asparagus 
bavarois with smoked quails egg and spinach foam, 
Rump of Welsh spring lamb with warm seasonal vegetables, 
new potatoes and minted pea velouté whilst sipping 
on Roederer champagne before the auction commenced.


 Guests at the Faberge Big Egg Hunt Banquet 


The 30 eggs sold, are from a collection of over 
200 giant eggs exclusively designed by some of the world’s leading artists, 
architects, jewellers and designers, and hidden in secret locations 
throughout central London as part of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt,
 a magical event challenging the public to take on the world’s biggest Easter egg hunt.
The remaining hand-crafted eggs, which are destined 
to become highly collectible works of art, are now available to buy in an online auction.

Henry Wyndham, of Sotheby’s, said, 
“It was an absolute privilege to bring the hammer down on these lots. 
Not only are the eggs exquisite pieces of art, 
but they have delighted and enchanted Londoners throughout 
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt and now raised considerable sums 
of money for two very deserving charities, Elephant Family 
and Action for Children. 
I am sure the eggs will bring much joy to their new owners 
for many years to come, and become real collector’s items in the future.”

 Richard Kering, Ruth Powys  and Henry Wyndham


Rachel Waldron, Project Director, The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, said: 
“The eggs all have such individual charm and personality, 
and have brought a huge amount of fun to the streets of London 
over the last few weeks.
 It is very special knowing that they are so well loved by their new owners, 
and going on to raise vital funds for two brilliant charities.
 All the other eggs in the collection of over 200 are now available 
to buy through an online auction, giving everyone a chance to own 
their favourite egg from the hunt and give them a loving home! Just visit www.thebigegghunt.co.uk

Sarah Fabergé said, “I am delighted that this event has 
been so successful and that Fabergé was able to partner with 
The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. Thanks to the artists and collaborators for taking 
“the art of the egg” to a different level and to the public and supporters
 who got right behind the idea of raising money for these two wonderful charities”.


 Mark Shand Egg
 Mary Katrantzou Egg

 Faberge Ad Campaign Image
 Faberge Jewels
 Faberge Showcase

Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Parker Bowles

Viscount David Linley and Guests

 Tamara Ecclestone

 Lisa Butcher
 Heather Kerzner
Holly Valance and Nick Candy
 Holly Valance
 James Caan and Aisha Caan

 Richard Caring and Jacqueline Stead
 Steve Vorsari and Lisa Tchenguiz

 Guests at the Faberge Big Egg Hunt Banquet 


All 210 giant eggs, will be 
displayed together in Covent Garden 
over the Easter period, from 3rd – 9th April. 


                                                      ABOUT FABERGÉ 
                                                Fabergé is one of the most 
revered names in history, synonymous with consummate 
design and craftsmanship.
Fabergé was founded in Russia’s St Petersburg
 in 1842 by Gustav Fabergé. He was of French descent and had moved to 
Russia in the 1830’s to train as a goldsmith. 
It was Gustav’s son, Peter Carl Fabergé (born in 1846) 
who led the firm to worldwide renown, 
winning the favour of the Imperial Romanov family in the 1880’s 
and the adulation of the world with the award of the Grand Prix 
at the 1900 World Fair in Paris.
In 1917, the Russian Revolution brought an 
abrupt end to the Romanov dynasty, and to the House of Fabergé. 
The company was nationalised, all production closed down 
and Peter Carl Fabergé and his family fled Russia.
 Peter Carl Fabergé never recovered from the tragedy 
that had befallen his beloved country and died in Lausanne, 
Switzerland on 24 September 1920.
By the time of the Bolshevik Revolution, 
Fabergé had produced over 155,000 items spanning jewellery, 
objects, tableware and accessories ranging from 
cigarette cases to crochet hooks. 
The first of the 50 legendary and world famous 
Imperial Fabergé Eggs was the “Hen Egg” of 1885, 
with the “Steel Military Egg” of 1916 being the last completed. 
Two eggs were in preparation in 1917 but were not finished. 
A handful of egg objects were made as private commissions, 
including the Rothschild egg which was in 2007 at auction 
by Christies for US$ 19.5 million.
In a second blow, the Fabergé family in 1951 
lost the rights to use their family name in selling 
Fabergé-labelled designs when protracted and expensive 
litigation forced on them a settlement that ceded these 
rights to an American corporation in return for only US$ 25,000.

History came full circle in January 2007 
when the Fabergé name was reunited with the Fabergé family. 
Tatiana and Sarah Fabergé, 
great granddaughters of Peter Carl Fabergé, 
together with Mr John Andrew, make up the Fabergé Heritage Council 
which guides the unified Fabergé in its pursuit
 of Fabergé’s original values, philosophy and spirit. 
Dr Géza von Habsburg, one of the world’s leading 
Fabergé experts and authors, serves as Fabergé’s Curatorial Director.

The reunited Fabergé unveiled its 
inaugural and highly acclaimed “Les Fabuleuses” 
high jewellery collection on 9 September 2009 
at Goodwood House in England. 
On 9 December 2009, Fabergé opened 
the first Fabergé boutique since 1917 in Geneva, 
Switzerland. In November 2011, after a 96 year hiatus, 
Fabergé returned to London, opening a 
boutique in Mayfair’s Grafton Street.
Today, under the artistic direction of Katharina Flohr, 
Fabergé traces the legacy of excellence in creativity, 
design and craftsmanship to bring about a new era 
of endearing and enduring personal possessions and gifts for discerning clients.


Until next time  J Xx



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