FABERGÉ, 'Queen's 80th Birthday Celebration' Necklet, 2006, by Victor Mayer for Fabergé Ltd and the Royal Mint, FABERGÉ egg shaped in 18 Carat Yellow Gold and Royal Blue and Hand-Chased leaf-patterned enamel-encircled by 20 Brilliant-Cut Diamonds and a further 12 Diamonds decorating the bale. Suspended on 18 Carat Yellow Gold chain, housed in original Fabergé polished cherry wood and ivory silk box, as issued, with certificate of authenticity [Reference F2580 MB / 7FAB, No. 18 of 26 issued]. Signed by Victor Mayer, London, Hallmarked .750 Fine. Pendant 25mm/0.98" in length; Chain 46cm/18" in length; Weight 34.00g [Gross], Diamonds 0.40ct [Gross].
Royal Mint, by private treaty, 7 February 2008
Peter Carl Faberge was rightly hailed as an artist who opened up 'a new era in jewellery art'. The unique masterpieces for the aristocracy of nineteenth-century Europe are rightly valued amongst the great treasures of the world. Indeed, his work, imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed, elevated jewellery to an artistic excellence unequalled since the Renaissance. FABERGÉ's spectacularly bejewelled eggs are symbolic of creation and new life and, today, his art and vision lives on in this exquisite pendant commissioned exclusively by the Royal Mint to celebrate the life of the late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II upon the restoration of the Fabergé brand to family ownership.
Estimate: £5000 - £6000