In Japan, fireworks are a popular enjoyment for summer. They are displayed at more than five hundred fireworks shows all over Japan, with the major show offering more than twenty thousand fireworks... a feast to the viewers’ eyes.
In general, most of the fireworks from Japan and China explode into a circular form. The ones in which each spark leaves a trail behind are called Kiku-mono, or the chrysanthemum type. The ones in which the sparks do not leave trails behind them are called Botan-mono, or the peony type.
Maki-e is the art of Japanese lacquer painting and is renowned for its beauty and artistry. The word Maki-e literally translates as “sprinkled picture” because the design is sprinkled with gold or silver powder.
For the process, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is used in a multitude of layers which are polished many times. The design is drawn with colored lacquer onto the surface. It is then sprinkled with a multitude of lacquer-layers. This is called the Togidashi-Maki-e technique, and it was used for the Pelikan fountain pen model “Fireworks”. To illustrate the theme of fireworks, the artist also employed mother-of-pearl work and cut-gold work to vividly recreate the traditional pleasure for the eyes. This fountain pen was made in the historical Japanese region Kaga, which is famous for traditional Japanese arts.
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 model “Fireworks” is a masterpiece with a finely-chased 18 carat gold nib 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 pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.
The "Fireworks", released in the year 2010, was available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces world-wide and is now sold out at Pelikan.