Auction 23148  31 May 2023
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Lot 164

Starting price: 38 000 GBP
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Queen Elizabeth II 80th Birthday FABERGÉ Egg, Victor Mayer for FABERGÉ Ltd, 2006 [No. 1 of 26], Egg shaped in 18 carat yellow gold and moiré guilloché embellished with hand-engraved rose leaves in royal blue, aloft a 18 carat yellow gold crown. The stand of black onyx, decorated with 18 carat rose and yellow gold rose foliage. Rose clasp fashioned in 18 carat rose gold, reveals the internal miniature FABERGÉ egg in red enamel, encrusted with diamonds and hand-engraved rose leaves and guilloché, designed also to be worn with 18 carat yellow gold chain. Housed in original Fabergé polished cherry wood and ivory silk box, as issued, with certificate booklet of authenticity [Reference F2526 T2, No. 1 of 26 issued]. Signed with Victor Mayer maker's mark, hallmarked 750. Diamond weight 0.46ct.
The Queen Elizabeth II Egg pays homage to the late Queen and was created to mark her 80th birthday. Reflecting the year of her birth, 1926, the egg was strictly limited to the production of only twenty-six pieces. The handmade egg is crafted in 18 carat yellow gold, embellished with hand-engraved rose leaves extending to the base, while the moiré guilloche shines through the royal blue enamel outer layer. The rose gold rose buds are inspired by the 1926 florin, a coin which was struck in the year of the Queen's birth but never actually issued. The clasp is based on the Tudor rose design taken from the decimal twenty pence piece, whilst the crown - a potent symbol of Britain's sovereignty and featured on the Maundy Money gifted by the Queen during her reign - adorns the top of the egg.
Estimate: £40000 - £50000
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