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‘The Spirit of Ecstasy’ by C. Sykes, 1994
A unique and important Sterling silver statue cast from the sculptors 1911 ‘master’, mounted on a rouge marble base, hand-carved and polished in the form of a Silver Ghost ‘Town Cap’, upon a ‘flame’ mahogany veneer octagonal display plinth, the sculpture hallmarked London, 1994.
Dimensions: Height of sculpture: 28 inches (72 cms) & Overall height including plinth, 67 inches (168 cms).
Provenance: 1994-2008 private collection, Great Britain.
Additional notes: In order to mark their 90th anniversary in 1994, Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd granted their consent to London silversmiths Rapiditas to create this Sterling silver statue, in an edition of one only.
In order to facilitate this, Rolls-Royce graciously allowed their own ‘Master’ statue, cast in 1911 by its sculptor Charles Sykes R.A, to be used for the creation of a cire perdue (lost wax) mould, from which this unique Sterling silver statue was cast, weighing over 16,000 grammes.
Several hundred hours of silversmithing work ensued, hand chasing, planishing and polishing the statue to the highest standard, insisted upon by Rolls-Royce. Rare ‘marbre rouge’ sourced in Italy, was selected for the base, hand carved from a single piece in the form of a 1911 Rolls-Royce radiator ‘Town’ cap.
The statue is displayed upon an octagonal display plinth, crafted from seasoned Honduras ‘flame’ mahogany veneer especially selected for its exceptional colour and grain. Finally a robust and secure bespoke travelling case was made for the statue, enabling it to be transported safely and discreetly.