Peggy Guggenheim created a legacy of her love for the arts by putting together a collection of some of the finest works in the world in her exhibits. She is widely considered to be one of the most influential patrons in the history of modern art, collecting and displaying the work of young surrealist and abstract artists. Guggenheim’s exhibits have been shown throughout America and Europe, and her efforts have aided in giving these modern artists a tremendous boost to their budding careers. In celebration of her influence and contributions to the arts, Montblanc has launched a commemorative Peggy Guggenheim 888 Limited Edition fountain pen. As with any work of art, this luxury writing instrument follows both form and function and it merits a closer look to fully appreciate its value.
The Montblanc Patron of the Art Peggy Guggenheim 888 Limited Edition
This is just one of several pens in the Patron of the Art collection which is dedicated to honoring the contributions Ms. Guggenheim has made to the arts. At a glance, the design of this pen offers an obvious nod to the 20th-century artists with a geometric art deco pattern on the barrel and cap. Guggenheim made her home at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni in Venice, Italy for three decades, and the lions’ heads which stand as symbolic representations of the city embellish the base of the cap of this pen as an acknowledgment of her home town. On the cone, we discern a representation of the pillars of Venice through the red and white striping, and Montblanc’s emblem crafted of marble directs the imagination to think of Guggenheim’s beloved house or Palazzo. These are some of the elements which have been artistically and thoughtfully included to symbolize the things that were near and dear to Peggy’s heart, and those who can appreciate and applaud her efforts will understand the representations immediately.
Details of the Peggy Guggenheim 888 Limited Edition
Montblanc design artists incorporated the colors red and gold, using the finest materials including precious gemstones and metals. We turn to the ornate gold ring placed on the cap of the pen and the lion’s heads, which feature an encrusting of ten precious garnets to make up the eyes of the lions. A brilliant-cut diamond adorns the end. The body is made of a fine quality red lacquer which is translucent for an aesthetically pleasing base with art deco spirals of fine gold completing the pattern for the base of the pen. The precious jewels combine to celebrate the life of a bright star in the world of the arts, who gave young artists a hand up and a boost in getting their careers on track through the promotion of their best works of art, in exhibits taken throughout the world, then housed in the museum which is located in Venice, Italy. Some of the best talents go unrecognized without such a patron who is willing and able to get involved and offer a means for their discovery.
Further symbolism to Peggy Guggenheim’s life
Those who are familiar with the life and work of Peggy Guggenheim are aware that she was the proud owner of fourteen Lhasa Apso dogs, who were her companions. Montblanc design artists made certain to include a reference to her beloved pets by engraving paw prints directly onto the nib, which is crafted of Au 750 precious gold. At the top of the cap, white marble completes the theme of this lovely tribute to the woman who brought modern art to the fore in a meaningful way which has endured long past her death, creating a lasting legacy of love which shall continue through the ages. The clip of the fountain pen is made of rose gold and the barrel is ruthenium treated. This is a handcrafted limited edition with just 888 produced, painstakingly by skilled artisans using only the finest materials in their creation. Perfect balance is achieved in the weight distribution of this fine luxury writing instrument which weighs a total of 80 grams. Montblanc is particular about every small detail in their limited edition fountain pens, and although worthy of placement in a fine display case for admirers to observe, this, along with the other pens in their Patron of the Art collection is an example of art in motion with both sentimental value for those who appreciate Guggenheim’s work and practicality as the pen is made to be used and cherished, not stowed away.
Pricing and availability
This rare collectible is strictly limited to just 888 pieces. These are to be distributed throughout the world. It’s not a pen that you can find just anywhere and with under a thousand in existence, ownership of the Peggy Guggenheim 888 puts one into an exclusive group. The established price for this fine luxury writing instrument is set at $8,810. You can contact Montblanc directly or consult with an authorized representative for more information on how to purchase your edition.
The Montblanc Patron of the Art Peggy Guggenheim 888 Limited Edition fountain pen is yet another tribute to the woman who had done so very much to further the cause of the arts during her lifetime. It is because of her forward-thinking and her call to action that many of the modern artists of the day became recognized for their work. Had it not been for her willingness to exhibit and promote these works throughout America and Europe, many of them could possibly have remained in obscurity with their works hidden from the world for lack of exposure. The gesture of a fountain pen in her honor reminds us all of how important it is to follow suit and become supporters of the arts in whatever capacity we can, and if nothing else, to support the movement through our visits to the museums that house some of these amazing works which are symbols of our cultures and our humanity.