This Priceless Fabergé Egg Was Commissioned to Endlessly Sail the Seven Seas
Money is no obstacle when it comes to keeping great art collections. In the case of the next multi-million art collection for Regent Seven Seas Cruisesthe world’s leading luxury cruise line has opened its portfolio for a one-of-a-kind masterpiece to be displayed exclusively on the highly anticipated Seven Seas Grandeur, which will depart in November 2023.
Regent is known for decorating the walls of his luxury fleet with exceptional works of art by Picasso, Miró and Chagall, but for the Seven Seas Grandeur it was decided that Regent would commission his own personal treasure to anchor the next collection. The piece de resistance will be a bespoke handcrafted Egg Objet, made exclusively by the revered jewelry house of Fabergé. Entitled “Journey in Jewels”, it will become the first Faberge Egg Object for permanent residence at sea. And for viewing exclusively by the Regent’s privileged passengers when it takes pride of place in the ornate atrium of the Seven Seas Grandeur.
“With every new ship, we want the voyage itself to offer opportunities for discovery and enrichment as much as the destinations along the way,” said Jason Montague, President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Similarly, each Fabergé object has a different story to tell, and we knew our very own Fabergé x Regent Egg could become the type of awe-inspiring piece that would captivate and inspire our guests on their journey with us.”
Founded in 1842, Fabergé has been one of the most revered names in jewelry ever since Peter Carl Fabergé created the ingenious 50 Imperial Easter Eggs for the Romanov family between 1885 and 1916. Regent chose to partner with Fabergé in because of the iconic jewelry brand’s heritage of perfection, craftsmanship and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Likewise, Regent’s newest ship, Seven Seas Grandeur, is inspired by the past and stunningly reimagined for the future, exemplifying the cruise line’s Heritage of Perfection manifesto with what promises to be space, service, unparalleled transformative cuisine and experiences.
“For Fabergé to have been selected to create the crown jewel of Seven Seas Grandeur’s prestigious art collection is a very exciting milestone and a first in Fabergé’s 180-year history,” said Josina von dem Bussche. -Kessell, creative director of Fabergé. “It’s a great privilege to be able to creatively pay homage to what makes being at sea such a special experience.”
As a nod to the importance given to heritage by Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fabergé, the “Journey in Jewels” Object Egg is inspired by the iconic 1913 Fabergé winter egg, while strongly representing the natural elements of the sea. Evoking visions of epic journeys on water, the egg’s three-tiered base is a gentle cascade of ocean greens and subtle turquoise, while the soothing waves of deep blue of its outer shell become lighter, before turning into a sea spray of pearls.
Exterior features of the egg design include an ombré enamel shell; this is the very first time that Fabergé has applied this complex enamelling technique to an egg, marking a defining moment for the House. The egg’s outer ‘shell’ is made up of seven blades, representing the Seven Seas, which will unfold to reveal a hidden surprise within, the details of which are being kept as a closely guarded secret until Seven Seas Grandeur will be baptized next year.
“Journey in Jewels” will be approximately 18cm tall, with a three-tiered base that hides the movement of the egg-opening mechanism – the first time Fabergé has hidden the movement in this way. Designed by Fabergé Head of Design, Liisa Tallgren, “Journey in Jewels” is handcrafted by a Fabergé Workmaster and a team of artisans based in the South East of England. From design to manufacturing, the egg will have taken 48 months to complete.
The collaboration between Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Fabergé will be the centerpiece of two exclusive “Spotlight Voyages” that will immerse guests and art lovers into the world of Fabergé and provide exclusive onboard access to Fabergé experiences and experts. The first exclusive sailing will be hosted by Fabergé Director of Conservation, Dr. Géza von Habsburg, aboard Seven Seas Splendor in June 2023, sailing from Southampton, England to Stockholm, Sweden. Guests will explore Fabergé’s ties to Britain and British royalty, before expanding to Scandinavia to discover the origins of Fabergé craftsmen and the Fabergé collections in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Sarah Fabergé, great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Fabergé and founding member of the Fabergé Heritage Council, will also welcome a sail aboard the Seven Seas Grandeur in 2024.
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