Maki-e Unique Collection: Samurai

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Product description

The Maki-e Unique Collection

No 10: Samurai

Shogun was the title of the military dictators who reigned in Japan from 1192 to 1867. In 1725, the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshimune held the first deer hunting event in Japan. Remembering this historic event, a deer hunting scene has been re-created on this fountain pen. It shows a Samurai riding on his horse, about to hunt a deer using the typical Japanese bow and arrows.

In general, the artist works about two to three hours a day on one particular pen. If you include the waiting time to allow the Urushi lacquer to dry, the Maki-e fountain pen Samurai took two and a half months to be created.

The Maki-e Unique Collection model "Samurai" was created using a combination of the following Maki-e techniques:

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.

The Taka Maki-e technique

The artist mixes charcoal powder or gold powder into the lacquer, so that the pattern of the design is raised above the surface and a three-dimensional effect is created: If your thumb glides over the surface, you will feel the difference.

The Raden Maki-e Technique

In the raden technique, special parts of the abalone shell are used to decorate the fountain pen. Though the size of this shell is big, the blue colour part of the abalone is small. So it is necessary to select the best blue colour parts. The abalone shell is placed on the ground and flattened with a hard stone into very thin pieces. These piecess are then affixed to the coating of lacquer on the fountain pen. After this, the fountain pen is coated once again with lacquer, and then the surface is polished one more time.

Auction details

Artist: Mr. Mushu Yamazaki
Based on model: Souverän M 1000
Nib: 18 carat gold, size M
Techniques: Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e
Minimum Offer: 9.500 €
Bidding starts: Oct. 12th, 2012 - 2PM CEST
The hammer falls: Oct. 19th, 2012- 2PM CEST

How does it work?

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 (because one is a set with four writing instruments). The auctions will start on consecutive days in October 2012, and each will last one week. Click here to learn more.

Take a closer look

Click on the image below to take a closer look on this handcrafted masterpiece.

Maki-e Unique Collection: Samurai