amfAR Gala Cannes
25 May, 2017
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Jonathan Loubens
The Egg Number 1, Versailles, 2014

Starting bid: $150,000

Velvet, laiton, 24-carat gold plate, Baccarat crystal

64 x 44 x 44 in (162.6 x 111.8 x 111.8 cm)

Courtesy of Yoni Boutboul, Galerie Montaigne and Stanley Partouche

lot description

Conceived by French artist and interior designer Jonathan Loubens and inspired by the iconic and regal jewelled eggs of Fabergé, The Egg Number 1, Versailles marries art and design. The Egg Number 1, Versailles is the first in a numbered series of entirely unique eggs, which embody different motifs. A work of art from any angle, it is created entirely from the most luxurious materials with a comfortable seat nestled inside padded silk-velvet, realised with the help of finest French upholsterers. The laiton that forms the “shell” is encased in 24-carat gold, whereas the ornaments decorating the elegant trellis pattern feature Swarovski crystals. Crowning the egg, a giant Baccarat crystal filters light from above into the interior seat. Each element of the egg was created in accordance with the finest traditional methods of the "Meilleurs Ouvriers de France" - label given only to the most accomplished craftspeople in charge of protecting French heritage for over 200 years.

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artist biography

Jonathan Loubens has developed his career through his spirituality and innovative ideas, combining luxury with French traditions. He finds his artistic inspiration in history and prestigious French artisanal skill. His limitless dreams are realised in his recent creations. In the tradition of finest and most elegant French style, the artist contributes this special Versailles egg to amfAR Gala Cannes.

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