Saturday, 24 March 2012

A truly Good Egg

Laid for Queen and Country

Those travelling around London in the last six weeks will have seen many of the 210 giant egg sculptures placed throughout the city and no doubt wondered what they were all about.

On display for the 40 days and nights of Lent, two charities, the Elephant Family and Action for Children, united to raise funds in a project named The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt. The organisers charged entrants a small fee to join a hunt that involved finding a keyword on each egg and texting it as an entry. The prize offered to the eventual winner is a Fabergé egg decorated with 60 gemstones, one for each year of the Queen’s reign, worth £100,000.

Basia Briggs pictured with her very own ‘Union Jack’ egg by the entrance to the Saatchi Gallery on the Duke of York Square, SW3

On Tuesday, a party was held to celebrate the project at The Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand where 30 of the eggs were sold. My good friends Richard and Basia Briggs purchased the first lot in the auction, the ‘Union Jack’ egg, for £7,000. The work was the creation of Mark Shand, founder of the Elephant Family and one of the main organisers of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt.

Basia Briggs in a recent photo shoot

Of the purchase, Basia Briggs, who with her husband owns the Hyde Park Stables, commented:

“We are very proud to become the new owners of the egg in such an important year for The Queen, and for London when it hosts the Olympics later this year. This egg indeed represents all that is Great in Great Britain and we shall treasure it.”

Miniatures of the ‘Union Jack’ egg are also available to purchase as limited editions at £350 each

Other eggs include designs by Candy & Candy, Marc Quinn, Sabine Roemer, Linley, Zandra Rhodes, Theo Fennell, Patrick Mavros, Tommy Hilfiger and Sir Ridley Scott and bids for the remaining ones can be placed online.

From the 5th to 9th April all 210 eggs will be on display together in the Covent Garden Piazza. All proceeds go to the Elephant Family and Action for Children charities.

For more information or to bid in The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, go to: For more information, contact: 


PARW said...

Well done Basia and Richard for supporting this great cause. Mark Shand, unlike many others who get involved in charity, has ensured that all funds go to the cause rather than on salaries and for that reason I also supported The Big Egg Hunt.

Helen Rogers said...

What a great idea especially after Mark Shand's Elephant Parade. This man - who also did the memorial for Animals in War - is just so wonderful. Basia and Richard: you're wonderful too, though I don't know you, for buying into this project. £7,000 will go a long way for the poor elephants that are being wiped out by thoroughly irresponsible individuals.

Anonymous said...

Bravo! There is nothing more elegant then a charitable lady.

-The Spy

Dark Avenger said...

Congratulations to  Basia. She must be Eggstatic!

Annie said...

That made me giggle. I've been to most of the egg hunt locations and this one is my favourite. I wish I'd had enough money to buy this. Treasure it, Basia. Best regards: Annie

Kirsty Cannell said...

Lucky you two, I had also been marvelling over this one. It is a most generous assistance to two worthwhile charities. Enjoy it and I hope to see you both again soon. Best wishes.