For the first time ever, Pelikan offers pen collectors all over the world the opportunity to bid for one-of-a-kind Maki-e fountain pens. Fifteen individual Maki-e fountain pens belong to the Maki-e Unique Collection 2012, resulting in twelve auctions (among them is one set with four writing instruments). The auctions will start on consecutive days in October 2012, and each will last one week.
The Maki-e fountain pens are unique pieces, created by renowned Maki-e artists in Japan. Pelikan guarantees that these precise fountain pens have never been part of a Pelikan-Collection and will never become one. As a sign that this pen belongs to the Unique Collection, the artist has drawn the special "Kao" sign in red below the signature on the barrel of the fountain pen.
Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. In the process, the artist decorates the fountain pen with a multitude of lacquer layers as well as silver and gold dust. Each step is followed by polishing, until, step-by-step, the piece of art is completed.
It takes decades of intensive training before an artist can accomplish a perfect Maki-e painting, that’s why there are only very few masters of this art. On our website, you can find a movie that explains the Maki-e technique in more detail: www.pelikan.com/exclusive
You can also find detailed pictures and more information about the fifteen unique fountain pens (and the elaborate Maki-e techniques that were used to realize them) on our special auction website www.pelikan.com/auction