Hello Followers,

A very nice collector of Pelikan Maki-e Fountain Pens, has lent us his personal collection so that we could show it at our Boutique.

It was only here during the past event of Pelikan at Iguana Sell, and we were honoured to have them.

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Here we have the ones we had:

M1000 Raden Starlight

The fountain pens of the Raden Collection belong to the most coveted Pelikan pens today. Raden is a traditional Japanese decorative craft used for lacquer ware and woodwork. The fountain pen M1000 Starlight is made with particles from the abalone shell which originates in the Japanese Sea. In the production process, the abalone shell is placed on the ground and flattened with a stone into very thin sheets. These sheets are cut into narrow strips and then affixed in varying pattern around the cap and the barrel of the M1000 fountain pen. The free parts are decorated with gold dust which is sprinkled over the fountain pen until it looks like a star-spangled night sky. Afterward, the fountain pen is once again coated with lacquer, and then the surface is polished. With the Maki-e technique, the artist individually signs and numbers each fountain pen.

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 M1000 is ideal for fountain pen lovers who write a lot as it has the biggest ink capacity of any piston fountain pen in the market today.

The Pelikan fountain pens M1000 Starlight are masterpieces with finely-chased 18 carat gold nibs in the size M, accentuated with a rhodium décor. Each fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood. The M1000 Starlight will be released in autumn 2014 and is only available in a limited edition of 333 pieces worldwide.

Pelikan Raden Sunlight, Moonlight and Starlight

Pelikan Raden Sunlight, Moonlight and Starlight

Makie Seaside

The glittering water of the curling wave on the barrel immediately draws the eye to this fantastic painting of Maki-e artist Shozo Nakamura. He modeled the design of the Pelikan Seaside fountain pen on the painting ”The great wave of Kanagawa” by Hokusai Katsushika, who was one of the most famous Japanese painters in the Edo Era and particularly well-known for his series called “the thirty-six sceneries of Mount Fuji”. Due to the skilful use of tiny pieces of mother-of-pearl and egg shell, the painting on this extraordinary Pelikan M1000 fountain pen comes alive. To complete the seaside feeling, the cap is decorated with two Japanese traditional kites, also taken from the Edo Era, and plover birds that swoop over the waves.

For this model, several Maki-e drawing techniques were combined, using Kaga Togidashi-Taka Maki-e. The Pelikan logo on the crown as well as the limited edition number and the artist’s signature are also all drawn by hand, using the Maki-e technique.

Due to the combination of more than 175 years of Pelikan know-how and superior Japanese Maki-e techniques, the Seaside is a masterpiece with incredible details. Is is globally limited to only 88 pieces, each with a carefully created 18 carat bi-color gold nib. Every fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese pen box made of Paulownia wood.

Pelikan Maki-e Collection

Maki-e Genji

“The Tale of Genji” is Japan’s oldest novel written a thousand years ago. Pelikan’s fountain pen set “Genji” portrays the hero of the novel with the name “Hikaru Genji” and, on the other fountain pen, the heroine, “Aoi no Ue”.

The fountain pen for the hero is decorated with clouds, wheels and the flower hollyhock, referring to central elements of the ancient tale. On the fountain pen of the female counterpart incense and vine are depicted.

Maki-e is a traditional Japanese technique to create ornamental lacquer ware, and this technique was used to illustrate the Genji tale. In Maki-e, designs are drawn with lacquer using a special brush. Then gold foil, gold and silver powder are sprinkled or stuck onto the design. This careful and time-consuming process is repeated many times in order to give depth to the designs.

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 pens are encased together as a set in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The “Genji” Set, released in the year 2002, was available in a limited edition of only 60 sets worldwide and is now sold out at Pelikan.

Pelikan Maki-e Genji

Pelikan Maki-e Genji

 

Maki-e Takara-Zukushi

In this set, two basic human cravings have been symbolized – health, called Mubyo in Japanese, and wealth, which translates as Takara-zukushi.

On the “Mubyo” fountain pen, six gourds (special bowls) are depicted. According to Japanese legend, God lives in a large gourd. For this reason, it is highly valued as a charm. A combination of six gourds in Japanese is pronounced as “Mubyo” which means absence of sickness. Therefore these six gourds are cherished items believed to be able to bestow a long and healthy life.

On the “Takara-zukushi” model, several figures are shown. They all symbolize wealth and are drawn in the traditional Japanese Kissho design, which is said to bring good fortune.

Nyoi-hoju: This precious globe realizes one’s wishes

Hoh-yaku: The key to the treasury

Uchide-no-Kuzuchi: The magic hammer that grants whatever one has wished for

Choji: The tropical evergreen tree supplies herbal medicine and spices

In addition to the above symbols, Tachibana (a mandarin orange), Tabane-noshi (a bundle of tokens attached to a gift), Fundo (a traditional balance to measure weight), Kinchaku (a fabric pouch) and Makimono (a roll of document) are drawn. These symbols are believed to bring good fortune and are also used as designs in traditional Japanese clothing and the sash.

 

For the Pelikan fountain pen models “Mubyo” and “Takara-zukushi”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques. Pelikan “Mubyo” and “Takara-zukushi” are a set of two fountain pens, created in the historical Japanese region Kaga, which is famous for traditional Japanese arts.

 

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 “Mubyo” & “Takara-zukushi” set, first released in the year 2002, was available in a limited edition of only 60 sets worldwide and is now sold out at Pelikan.

Pelikan Maki-e Takara Zukushi

Pelikan Maki-e Takara Zukushi(front)

 

Maki-e Heavenly Maidens of Dunhuang

Dunhuang was one of the four provinces of the Hexi region created by Han Emperor Wu in 111 B.C. The province once played an important role as a military outpost to defend the dynasty against western invaders. As the power of the dynasty weakened in the region, Dunhuang was under the rule of foreigners for some time. Dunhuang repeatedly rose and fell during its long history.

However, although rulers of the province constantly changed, Dunhuang always served as a major crossroad of the Silk Road where people of the West and East met, and the cultures they brought flourished. Buddhist culture was one of such cultures, and it culminated in the form of the famous faces and their wall paintings and Buddhist paintings.

“Heavenly Maidens of Dunhuang” is a work inspired by wall paintings with more than 1,000 years of history. With their innocent and elegant look, the maidens dance in fine airy robes, wear colourful belts expressing the freedom of their spirits, and play musical instruments. They represent the supreme goodness, truth and beauty. Ancient people believed that the heavenly maidens were the symbol of good luck. “Heavenly Maidens of Dunhuang” is a masterpiece created under the theme of Dunhuang culture with eternal history.

 

The fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The series “Heavenly Maidens of Dunhuang”, released in the year 2007, was available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide and is now sold out at Pelikan.

 

Pelikan Maki-e Heavenly Maidens of Dunhuang

Pelikan Maki-e Heavenly Maidens of Dunhuang(front)

Maki-e Karajishi (Chinese Lion)

Tigers used to be regarded as the king of beasts in ancient China, but when the rumors about lions were passed on to Chinese people through the Silk Road, lions took the place of tigers. Lions were also valued as the symbol of kingship – not only in China but also in Egypt and India where lion statues were placed in the palaces of their dynasties to represent the king’s power and to protect him.

Karajishi is an imaginary lion introduced from the Tang Dynasty (7th to 10th century) to Japan. In both the East and West, a lion has been considered to be a precious luck-bringing animal that averts evil, beckons happiness and promotes joy. The two lions and colored balls depicted on the fountain pen are believed to realize your dreams and bring joy and fortune to you.

 

The fountain pens are encased together as a set in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The “Karajishi”, released in the year 2007, is available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide.

 

Pelikan Maki-e Karajishi (Chinese Lion)

Pelikan Maki-e Karajishi (front)

Maki-e  Cherry Blossom Autumn Leaves

Two opposing seasons are featured with this Maki-e series. They catch the beauty of the blossom in spring and of the colored leaves in autumn. As a set, they combine the eternal circle of the seasons.

Maki-e and Chinkin are the most representative techniques of ornamental lacquer ware.

In Maki-e, designs are drawn with lacquer using a special brush. Then gold foil, gold and silver powder are sprinkled or stuck onto the design. This careful and time-consuming process is repeated many times in order to give depth to the designs.

Chinkin is the technique of decorating lacquer ware by carving the designs into the lacquered surface using a sharp chisel. In the next step, gold foil and powders are inlayed into the carved design. For the Pelikan fountain pen models “Cherry Blossom” and “Autumn Leaves”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques.

The fountain pens are encased together as a set in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The models “Cherry Blossom” and “Autumn Leaves” were released in the year 2008. 250 pieces only were available of each fountain pen world-wide. They are now sold out at Pelikan.

Pelikan Maki-e  Cherry Blossom Autumn Leaves(back)

Pelikan Maki-e Cherry Blossom Autumn Leaves(back)

 

Maki-e Renjishi

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese form of theatre. Its origin is said to be from a series of performances by Izumono Okuni in Kitano Tenmangu in 1603 (the beginning of the Edo era). These performances became very popular in Kyoto, and for the last four hundred years have been established as a point of Japanese pride for traditional art. More recently, Kabuki has become popular abroad as well.

The tale of Renjishi was written by Mokuami Kawatake based upon the moral story in which a parent pushes his children down into the bottomless valley with the intention of raising only those who are able to run back up from the valley. This story is regarded as the representative piece of Kabuki dancing, and truly touches the audience’s heart as it is performed by a real parent and son.

The climax of this performance is painted on the Pelikan fountain pen “Renjishi”, where the white-haired parent and the red-haired child dance together wildly as a perfect match.

Maki-e is a traditional Japanese technique to create ornamental lacquer ware, and this technique was used to illustrate the “Renjishi”. In Maki-e, designs are drawn with lacquer using a special brush. Then gold foil, gold and silver powder are sprinkled or stuck onto the design. This careful and time-consuming process is repeated many times in order to give depth to the designs.

 

The “Renjishi”, released in the year 2009, is available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide.

Pelikan Maki-e Renjishi(front)

Pelikan Maki-e Renjishi(front)

 

Maki-e 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.

For the Pelikan fountain pen model “Sea World”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques.

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.

Pelikan Maki-e World

Pelikan Maki-e Sea World

 

Maki-e Maiko in Kyoto

In 794, the Japanese Emperor Kammu declared the transfer of the capital of Japan to a new city which he called Kyoto. It was the place of an impressive dynasty, where the common people also lead powerful lives. By the end of the 12th century, Kyoto had become the center of commerce and industry of Japan. After approximately seven hundred years of prosperity, Kyoto was reborn as a modern city, when the Meiji Emperor moved the capital to Tokyo. Present-day Kyoto is the sixth largest Japanese city, with a population of 1.5million. With its long history, Kyoto has many temples and shrines, along with other historical architecture, and flourishes as the most popular Japanese tourist attraction.

A Maiko is a young apprentice who trains in arts and customer service manners. In the old days, girls started out as Maikos between the ages of 9 to 12, though the lower age limit has now been raised to after graduation from junior high school. Young and in the apprentice status, a Maiko wears a furisode, a long-sleeved kimono for unmarried women, adjusted at the shoulders and hemmed up. Due to the flashy outfit of lacquered clogs with rounded soles and dangling sash, a Maiko is now said to be the epitome of beauty for young Japanese women.

The Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen “Maiko in Kyoto” depicts a graceful Maiko, standing on a stone pavement in falling cherry blossom petals with the historical five-storied pagoda of Kyoto in the background. It takes up the theme of Maiko, one of the symbols of the ancient capital of Kyoto.

For the Pelikan fountain pen model “Maiko in Kyoto”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques. Pelikan This fountain pen was made in the historical Japanese region Kaga, which is famous for traditional Japanese arts.

 

The fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The “Maiko in Kyoto”, released in the year 2010, is available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide.

Pelikan Maki-e Collection

 

Maki-e Fireworks

In Japan, fireworks are a popular enjoyment for summer. They are displayed at more than five hundred fireworks shows all over Japan, with the major show offering more than twenty thousand fireworks… a feast to the viewers’ eyes.

In general, most of the fireworks from Japan and China explode into a circular form. The ones in which each spark leaves a trail behind are called Kiku-mono, or the chrysanthemum type. The ones in which the sparks do not leave trails behind them are called Botan-mono, or the peony type.

 

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, and it was used for the Pelikan fountain pen model “Fireworks”. To illustrate the theme of fireworks, the artist also employed mother-of-pearl work and cut-gold work to vividly recreate the traditional pleasure for the eyes. This fountain pen was made in the historical Japanese region Kaga, which is famous for traditional Japanese arts.

 

The fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The “Fireworks”, released in the year 2010, was available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces world-wide and is now sold out at Pelikan.

 

Pelikan Maki-e Fireworks

Pelikan Maki-e Fireworks(front)

M1000 Moonlight and Sunlight

 

“Kyokko” (Sunlight) and “Gekko” (Moonlight) are Raden fountain pens, handmade with mother of pearl particles. Raden is a traditional Japanese decorative craft used for lacquer ware and woodwork.

“Kyokko” translates as “sunlight” and is made with the abalone shell from Japan Sea. As the size of the abalone is small, the parts used for Raden is limited. It is one of the most colourful abalone parts that reflect rainbow colours.

The abalone shell is placed on the ground and flattened with a hard stone into very thin sheets. These sheets are cut into narrow strips and then affixed to the coating of lacquer around the cap and the barrel of the M800 fountain pen.

Once again, it is coated with lacquer, and then the surface is polished. The Pelikan logo is drawn with the famous Maki-e technique, surrounded by matching colours of particles of the abalone shell.

“Gekko” means “moonlight” in Japanese. This fountain pen is made with the Australian abalone shell. Though the size of this abalone is big, the blue colour part of this 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 sheets. These sheets are cut into narrow strips and then affixed to the coating of lacquer around the cap and the barrel of the M800 fountain pen. Once again, it is coated with lacquer, and then the surface is polished. The Pelikan logo is drawn with the famous Maki-e technique, surrounded by matching colours of particles of the abalone shell.

 

Each fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The “Kyokko & Gekko” set, first released in the year 2005, was available in a limited edition of only 200 sets worldwide and is now sold out at Pelikan.

 

Pelikan Raden Sunlight, Moonlight and Starlight

Pelikan Raden Sunlight, Moonlight and Starlight

Maki-e Four-Leaf Clover

The four-leaf clover is one of the most famous good luck charms. According to an ancient European legend, anyone finding a four-leaf clover will also find happiness since, being very rare, it is considered to be a powerful talisman. In a famous story, the life of Napoleon Bonaparte was saved when, on the field of battle, he stopped to pluck a four-leaf clover, and successfully dodged a bullet.

Each individual leaf of the four-leaf clover has a specific meaning: fame, wealth, faithful love, and glorious health and, combined, are believed to bring good luck. Additionally, the four parts of the clover indicate hope, happiness, heart and health as well as the compass points – east, west, south and north – with the four guardian spirits of direction unified into one central point. There is a million-to-one chance of finding a five-leaf clover – the individual parts of which are thought to bring love, wealth, health, luck and success, as well as prosperity and fortune. Pelikan’s Maki-e fountain pen “Four-Leaf Clover” depicts one five-leaf clover and six four-leaf clovers together with many three-leaf clovers and employs mother-of-pearl and cut-gold work amongst other techniques, to vividly recreate this good luck charm.

The fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The “Four-Leaf Clover” has been released in the year 2011 in a worldwide limited edition of only 88 pieces.

Pelikan Maki-e Four-Leaf Clover(at the back)

Pelikan Maki-e Four-Leaf Clover(at the back)

 

Maki-e Mount Fuji and Cranes

Painting Japan’s venerated symbols of Mount Fuji and cranes, Pelikan’s “Mount Fuji and Cranes” Maki-e Fountain Pen marries 174 years of exquisite Pelikan Germany craftsmanship with the revered Japanese traditional Maki-e techniques.

A renowned Maki-e Master paints three cranes – cherished symbols of long life and good luck – flying elegantly along Japan’s sacred Mount Fuji with delicate hazy clouds and cherry blossoms serving as the background.

Using the Maki-e technique, which used to be reserved exclusively for Japanese Royals as an indication of their power, the Master hand paints each Pelikan logo on the pen’s crown and the pen’s limited edition number as well as his signature on the barrel.

 

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 “Mount Fuji and Cranes”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques.

The fountain pen Maki-e Fuji & Cranes was so popular that it was sold out within three weeks at Pelikan.

 

Pelikan Maki-e Mount Fuji and Cranes(back)

Pelikan Maki-e Mount Fuji and Cranes(back)

Maki-e Ginki & Maple Leaves

Maki-e is a complex Japanese lacquer painting technique, renowned for its beauty and artistry. In the process, the rare Japanese lacquer Urushi is applied to the fountain pen in a multitude of layers which are polished repeatedly. The design is drawn with colored lacquer onto the surface. This technique is called Togidashi-Maki-e.

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 painting, you will feel the difference. This is the so-called Taka-Maki-e technique. For the Pelikan fountain pen model “Ginko & Maple Leaves”, the Maki-e artist has harmoniously blended both techniques.

The fountain pen “Ginko & Maple Leaves” shows the traditional autumn motifs of Japan – glittering leaves that look as if they have just twirled from the tree in the first autumn wind, with golden splashes of color that show this magnificent season and its warm sunlight at its best.

With the experience of decades, the famous model M1000 Souverän is made in Germany and decorated in Japan. The model “Ginko & Maple Leaves” is a masterpiece with a finely-chased 18 carat gold nib accentuated with a rhodium décor, in the nib size M. Each pen is individually signed by the artist.

The Maki-e fountain pen “Ginko & Maple Leaves” is launched in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide. Each piece is embedded in an exclusive gift case made of traditional Japanese Paulownia wood.

The unique piston fountain pen „Maki-e Ginko & Maple Leaves“ is the winner of the 20th Annual Readers’ Choice Award in the category “Best Urushi Arts Pen”. This Award is organized by the American magazine Pen World.

 

Pelikan Maki-e Maki-e Ginki & Maple Leaves(front)

Pelikan Maki-e Maki-e Ginki & Maple Leaves(front)

Maki-e Fantasia

With this latest Limited Edition, Pelikan launches a Maki-e fountain pen that is both unusual and stunningly beautiful. Instead of the more typical landscapes, the Fantasia depicts a traditional Japanese design called “Komon Pattern”, which is commonly used for elegant Japanese Kimonos. Eight hexagons with eight different styles create subtle color combinations that delight the eye due to a wealth of details, all painted with painstaking love. The hexagons are surrounded by cherry blossoms in a reddish golden color which are based on a varying background that is painted with the “Byakudan-Nuri” technique, using gold leaf and clear lacquer. Due to this technique, the lacquer shimmers with surprising depth in a red and orange glow when you turn the fountain pen in your hands.

For the Pelikan Maki-e fountain pen Fantasia, the elaborate Kaga Togidashi-Taka-Maki-e technique was used. It is a masterpiece that combines German craftsmanship, based on over 175 years of tradition & technology, with superior Japanese Maki-e painting techniques which are renowned all over the world.

The Pelikan logo on the crown, the Limited Edition number, and the artist’s signature are all drawn by hand, using the Maki-e technique. This series is limited to only 88 pieces worldwide. Each fountain pen has an 18 carat, bi-color gold nib in size M and is encased in a traditional Japanese pen box made of Paulownia wood.

Pelikan Fantasia Maki-e Fountain Pen

Pelikan Fantasia Maki-e Fountain Pen

 

Maki-e Dragon and Phoenix

The dragon and the phoenix are the most important creatures in Chinese mythology and are surrounded by a wealth of legend and folklore. The Chinese dragon is a good-natured and benign creature in contrast to its Western counterpart. As a magical animal it is capable of shrinking to the size of a silkworm or swelling until it fills the space between heaven and earth.

The first appearance of the phoenix, which was later to become a commonplace symbol of peace and prosperity, can be dated back to 2600 B.C. Legend has it that this beast remains hidden and only appears when reason prevails. Thus, the phoenix is the glorification of a peaceful reign and a successful ruler.

Historically it was the right of the Chinese Emperor to bear the dragon, while the phoenix was the main decorative motive in the costumes of the Empresses of China. The spirit of these beasts is still very much a living part of Chinese culture. Although over the centuries the Chinese race has been scattered throughout the world, all descendants are still bound by these powerful and mystical symbols, rich in tradition and history.

The fountain pen is encased in a traditional Japanese gift box which is made of Paulownia wood.

The model “Dragon & Phoenix”, released in the year 2005, was available in a limited edition of only 88 pieces worldwide and is now sold out at Pelikan.

Pelikan Maki-e Dragon and Phoenix(back)

Pelikan Maki-e Dragon and Phoenix(back)

 

See also:

Pelikan Exhibition at Iguana Sell

Pelikan Fantasia Maki-e Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Pelikan Maki-e Sea Side Fountain Pen

 

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