Maki-e Unique Collection 2012: Chinkin - Four Seasons (Set)

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No 3: Chinkin - Four Seasons (Set)

Chinkin - Four Seasons - Spring:

One of the most beautiful symbols for spring are cherry blossoms - not only in Japan but all over the world. They are drawn on a pale golden background with a light shade of green, reminding you of the magic of this season. To enhance the motive, colored Urushi Lacquer was filled into the curved lines.

Chinkin - Four Seasons - Summer:

In this unique set, the summer season is expressed with an attractive mix of flowers and 'morning glory'-leaves, set on a warm golden background, just like the summer sunlight. The colored Urushi Lacquer that was filled into the curved lines shows each motive to perfection.

Chinkin - Four Seasons - Autumn:

Against a dark-brown background, delicately traced ginko and maple leaves show that the year is coming to an end. The shimmering golden dust, filled into the curved lines of each leaf, recalls the play of the warm autumn sunlight on the leaves.

Chinkin - Four Seasons - Winter:

For the winter edition of this set, snow crystals and wintry clouds are shown in a traditional Japanese design on an icy-silver background, expressing the winter season in style and beauty. The black Urushi Lacquer, filled into the curved lines, shows each motive with surprising clarity.

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 set Four Seasons took one month for each pen to be created.

Each pen of the Maki-e Unique Collection set "Four Seasons" 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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