Two opposing seasons are featured with this Maki-e series. They catch the beauty of the blossom in spring and of the colored leaves in autumn. As a set, they combine the eternal circle of the seasons.
Maki-e and Chinkin are the most representative techniques of ornamental lacquer ware.
In Maki-e, designs are drawn with lacquer using a special brush. Then gold foil, gold and silver powder are sprinkled or stuck onto the design. This careful and time-consuming process is repeated many times in order to give depth to the designs.
Chinkin is the technique of decorating lacquer ware by carving the designs into the lacquered surface using a sharp chisel. In the next step, gold foil and powders are inlayed into the carved design. For the Pelikan fountain pen models “Cherry Blossom” and “Autumn Leaves”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques.
In 1929, Pelikan registered the patent for the piston mechanism, a new fountain pen filling system. This technique, refined and updated, is still used today. The Pelikan models “Cherry Blossom” and “Autumn Leaves” are masterpieces with finely-chased 18 carat gold nibs accentuated with a rhodium décor. The Pelikan logo on the crown, limited edition number and artist’s signature are drawn in by hand with the Maki-e technique.
With the honed experience of decades and excellent craftsmanship, the impressive fountain pen model Souveraen 1000 is produced in Germany and then decorated in Japan, thus creating a perfectly crafted product that is more than the sum of each part... a little bit of magic has slipped into it...
The fountain pens are encased together as a set in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.
The models “Cherry Blossom” and “Autumn Leaves” were released in the year 2008. 250 pieces only were available of each fountain pen world-wide. They are now sold out at Pelikan.