Maki-e Unique Collection 2012: Morning Glory

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No 2: Morning Glory

With a very unusual strong and vibrant color, this fountain pen celebrates the power of the sun. It is like a symbol for the yearning in the morning to take away the cold of the night. A multitude of fragile 'morning glory'-leaves are depicted in loving detail, some filled with gold, some only subtly traced. Every line is enhanced with gold powder, to make the motive come alive.

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 Morning Glory took one month to be created.

The Maki-e Unique Collection model "Morning Glory" 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 Chinkin Maki-e technique

Chinkin is the technique of decorating lacquer-ware by carving the designs into the lacquered surface using a sharp chisel. Gold or silver powder, alternatively black or colored lacquer, is inlayed into the carved design.

More Details

Artist:Mr. Mitsuhiro Seki
Based on model:Souverän M 800
Nib:18 carat gold, size M
Techniques:Chinkin and Togidashi-Maki-e

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