Unique Collection 2014: Ichimatsu

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No 6: Ichimatsu

This strictly geometric design is a very unusual Maki-e motif, and this is what makes it so special. Tiny dots made of gold, platinum, and shell pieces create the different squares on this deceptively simple and traditional Japanese pattern. This unique fountain pen was painted using the Togidashi-Maki-e technique.

The Togidashi-Maki-e technique

In this technique, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is applied in a multitude of layers which are polished many times. The design is drawn first with tracing paper and then with colored lacquer onto the surface of the fountain pen. It is then sprinkled with a multitude of lacquer-layers or gold and silver dust.

More Details

Artist:Yoshiaki Nitta
Based on model:Souverän M 1000
Nib:18 carat gold, size M, bi-color
Techniques:Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e

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