Maki-e Sea World

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Sea World

Our planet is covered by 360 million square kilometres of water. The history of the oceans is as old as the earth itself, and all life on our planet originates from the depths of the oceans. These came into being what feels like an eternity ago - an estimated 4.6 billion years.

The motifs on the fountain pen symbolize this history: The turtle - the symbol for a long life - forms the centre-point, surrounded by numerous fish. It is produced using an elaborate mother-of-pearl inlay technique.

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. In addition, the artist can mix charcoal powder and gold powder into the lacquer, so that the pattern of the design is raised above the surface: If your thumb glides over the surface, you will feel the difference. This is called the Taka-Maki-e technique.

For the Pelikan fountain pen model “Sea World”, 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 model “Sea World” 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 “Sea World”, released in the year 2009, is available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide.

 

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