This stunning Nativity Egg was designed by Richard Sefton for Connoisseur. It was issued in 1990 as a very limited edition of only 15, and is composed of four separate pieces.
The four pieces are the top and bottom halves of the egg, a nativity group in white bisque accented with gold, and an ornate gilt-bronze base.
The top half of the egg is completely handpainted in the form of three ‘panels’: the shepherds pointing to the mysterious star, the three kings bearing gifts, and the creche scene. Some of the eggs were painted by Freda Griffiths and the others by her daughter Sandy Griffiths. [Any white areas in the photos are lighting artifacts.]
When the top of the egg is removed, the white bisque nativity group (sculpted by Richard Sefton) is revealed. The group can be removed from the egg and displayed on its own. The lower half of the egg features a wide gold gilt band along its top edge.
The interior halves of the egg are also completely hand painted. The inside of the bottom half shows two angels in flight; the inner top half (not shown) has golden stars against the same deep blue sky.
The base, made of cast bronze electroplated with gold, depicts three angels with outspread wings supporting an openwork cage in a design reminiscent of cathedral windows. The bronze casting was done by a select company in the famed Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. Four circles made of a cushioning material protect lower half of the egg from possible scratches (two of the circles are missing from this example.)
This marvelous egg is approximately 12” (30 cm) high overall.
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