On the Quest for the Iron Throne

Famous for its ornate jewelled Imperial Easter eggs created for the Russian Tsar in the late 19th century, Fabergé’s design lineage is as impeccable as its creations. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of TV series Game of Thrones, the jewellery maison is releasing a unique piece of jewelled art that reflects Daenerys Targaryen’s quest to take her place on the Iron Throne. Liisa Tallgren, Fabergé’s Head Designer, shares the details.

Faberge? x Game of Thrones Egg, Closed

Fabergé, the world’s most iconic artist jeweller with roots in Imperial Russia, has a legacy of crafting unique objets d’art, most famously the ‘Faberge egg’. Fabergé recently hatched a collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to commemorate the extraordinary story of HBO®’s award-winning television series Game of Thrones, for 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. 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 opportunity for one individual to acquire a modern day heirloom. We speak with Fabergé’s Head Designer, Liisa Tallgren, who worked closely with Michele Clapton, to create this intricate and enchanting egg.

Liisa Tallgren, Photography by Mike Blissett

LI: First of all, are the colours of the egg derived from the present received by Daenerys upon her marriage to Khal Drogo?

Liisa Tallgren: The colours of the egg represent the journey of Daenerys and reflect the colours in her costumes throughout the series. From the white and blue of her wedding and more innocent beginnings, to the red and black of the strong leader she became.

Faberge? x Game of Thrones Egg, Open

And how did the egg come alive in terms of what you envisaged - in its jewelled beauty?

The egg is going to be stunning when it is finished, knowing the skill levels of the craftspeople who are making it. I love Michele’s concept for the egg, and I love how fire is essential for metalwork, I think that’s very fitting when the piece represents dragons. For a moment all the metal pieces in the egg are going to glow fiery red in the jeweller’s workshop! When the fire has cooled down and the piece has been given a final polish, the fire lustres on in the hundreds of diamonds and rubies set on the egg’s surface.

Faberge? x Game of Thrones Ruby Crown, inside the egg

What was the concept of the dragon silhouette from the shells, and the egg within the egg with the dragon head, the red ruby, and three dragon heads inside – what do they mean – is it the Iron Throne that Daenerys desires so much?

Having an egg within an egg adds an element of surprise and creates a rich, layered effect. The dragons were born in fire, and in the same way the outer shell of the egg has a flame-like scale pattern that reveals the three dragons inside. The three dragons circle the crown Daenerys would have worn, protecting it. The beautiful Gemfields ruby set on the crown represents her house colour.

Faberge? x Game of Thrones Egg, Closed sketch The egg scales, the dragon tail's fins – so much detailing – how easy or difficult is this to create in a jewelled egg?

Game of Thrones’ and Daenerys’ journey in particular provide lots of visual material for the creation of an objet d’art, and all those details can be beautifully created in precious metals, but crafting such a complex piece with an opening mechanism is certainly not easy. Many techniques used in the design are specialist techniques that require years of experience from the craftspeople.

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