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Lot 1825 (Sporting Medals & Trophies Online, starts 12th October 2019 10:00, ending 20th October 2019 20:00)

THE JIMMY JOHNSTONE FABERGE EGG BY SARAH FABERGE

Sold for £8,000


Condition report

- In fair condition overall, some signs of wear visible. Scratches present to the silver gilt ground below the figure of Jinky, some residue/discolouration to engraved signature and motif. Diamonds present inset to the football. Some very minor wear/discolouration to gilt interior of lid. Exterior of egg in good condition overall, some minor scratches. Some wear to lion finial on lid and some light wear to gilt badges. 


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THE JIMMY JOHNSTONE FABERGE EGG BY SARAH FABERGE,
number 14 of a limited edition of 19. The lion is presented as a finial in sterling silver and 24 carat gold-symbol of Celtic`s triumph in winning the European Cup in Lisbon in 1967. The lion presides over the badges of Celtic`s winners medals-the European Cup medal to the front; to the reverse the Scottish League Championship medal; and flanking them, to the left the Scottish Football Association Cup and to the right the Scottish Football League Cup Medals. Struck in the original dies, gilded and hand-enamelled, the sterling medals intersperse a reminder of Jimmy Johnstone`s origins with the coal pithead-four winding-shaft supports, fashioned in silver and black gold. The top of the Egg itself is hand engine-turned on sterling silver and precious rhodium. The lower half of the creation is adorned with Celtic Football Club`s badge proclaiming its 1888 origin and produced here with specific authority from the Club. The badge is counterbalanced by the motif from `The Lord of the Wing` motion picture, which celebrates Jimmy Johnstone`s career and achievement. To the sides, seven magic Celtic rings, also in hand-enamelled silver. The bezel is an echo of the `Jungle`, whose corrugated roof it commemorates. Open the Egg and view the surprise. On a field of gold and hallmarked silver, Jimmy Johnstone himself, poised aslant as he presses forward: Celtic`s legendary player, triumphantly modelled in silver and fine gold, at his feet a sterling silver and black gold diamond-studded football. Jimmy`s signature authenticates the creation. Sarah Faberge places her Jimmy Johnstone Egg on a foot with seven steps in final witness of Jinky`s number and of the `Jungle` terraces from which he would have happily stood watching his heroes had it not been for his own amazing God-given talents. Sarah adds her signature beneath, engraved and attesting the edition issue. Limited edition 19 for the World Market. This is number 14, 17.5cm high, contained in a leather display case, together with box and certificate of authenticity, signed by Sarah Faberge and dated March 2006

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