OBJECT of desire
Fabre Castell Special
Limited Edition Pen
A touch of Asia with German craftsmanship, the Pen of the Year from Fabre Castell is a tribute to Austrian Empress, Maria Theresa.
After the demise of her husband, Empress Maria Theresa decided to decorate his study with the things most valuable to them both – and best representing her love for him: Chinese lacquer plates depicting happiness, wealth, impermanence and immortality. It is with this thought that Fabre Castell designed this special limited edition pen. For the design work, Fabre Castell got Silvia Miklin, conservator of the Vieux-Laque Room and Japanese artist, Tomizo Saratani who specialises in the Maki-e technique.
Working together, the duo developed three plates, each painted black, and then polished and hand burnt. The artists then sprinkled 24-carat gold powder in different tints several times while it was wet. It gave the feel of Hira Miki-e lacquer work.
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