Fabergé, the world’s most iconic artist jeweller, has an esteemed legacy of crafting luxury legends and entirely unique and iconic objets d’art. Inextricably linked with Easter since their annual tradition of Imperial Easter eggs began in 1885, Fabergé has captured the hearts and minds of generations. This April, Fabergé is hatching a new collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to commemorate the extraordinary story of HBO®’s award-winning television series Game of Thrones. This surprise collaboration will fuse Fabergé’s superior craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity with one of the 21st century’s most popular shows.
Co-designed by Fabergé and Michele Clapton, the Emmy and BAFTA winning costume designer from Game of Thrones, this one-off work of art is history in the making and offers a unique opportuntiy for one individual to acquire a modern day heirloom.
Fabergé’s celebrated series of 50 Imperial Easter eggs were created for the Russian Imperial family from 1885 to 1916, when the company was run by Peter Carl Fabergé. Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893, during the reign of Emperor Alexander III; 40 more were created during the rule of his dutiful son, Nicholas II, two each year, one for his mother, the dowager, the second for his wife. Today, Fabergé continues this journey of discovery through its enchanting jewellery creations and mesmerising objets d’art.
This year Fabergé unveils their latest future legacy design. The timing couldn’t be better, with April 2021 seeing Game of Thrones celebrate the 10th anniversary of its debut episode – a major milestone dubbed “The Iron Anniversary”. This global year-long celebration will be a chance for fans to revisit the most unforgettable moments of the world’s biggest television series, and the jewel in the crown will be the Imperial Class Fabergé Game of Thrones Egg.
Fabergé’s Head Designer, Liisa Tallgren, worked closely with Game of Thrones’ Costume Designer Michele Clapton to create an intricate and enchanting design which tells the tale of Daenerys Targaryen’s quest to take her place on the Iron Throne.
“From the very beginning, the evolution of this egg objet has been truly poetic. The design references Daenerys Targaryen’s incredible journey and the importance of colour within her costumes, her passion for her dragons, and the way she portrayed messages via her jewellery throughout her journey on the show. References from the textures of the dragons and their iconic eggs were used to inform the surfaces of this egg objet.” Michele Clapton.
This one-of-a-kind bespoke creation is reminiscent of Daenerys’ dragon eggs, while also intertwining subtle nods to her stand-out costumes, which celebrate the landscape around her and her evolving story arc. The design choices are informed by Daenerys’ journey from orphaned exile to conquering monarch and her ongoing quest for the Iron Throne.
Continuing Fabergé’s long tradition of combining the expected with the unexpected, this piece holds even more tales within. The egg opens to reveal a beautiful surprise in the form of a crown sat majestically atop a glistening crystal base. This is a minature version of the crown that would have been presented to Daenerys should she have held the Iron Throne, set with a pear-cut ruby responsibly sourced from Gemfields’ Montepuez ruby mine in Mozambique.
“I knew instantly what the secret gift should be, there was never a doubt; it had to be the crown that Daenerys believed throughout her life was her destiny. With the crown, I referenced her dragons, their wings sweeping around protecting the beautiful Gemfields ruby that represents Daenerys, her house colour, and her fierce quest to rule.” Michele Clapton
Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, Global Sales & Business Development Director at Fabergé says: “Fabergé has an unrivalled ability to commemorate significant milestones with its objets d’art, that tell tales of intrigue and mystique. We are delighted to pay tribute to the modern-day legend that is the Game of Thrones series. Rarely has a story captured the imagination of so many people around the world, and this one-off piece is a once-in-a-lifetime collector’s item. The partnership with Warner Bros. and Michele Clapton showcases Fabergé’s relevance today by encapsulating the ‘Zeitgeist’ of storytelling and artistry.”