Pilot Namiki released the Emperor Mandarin Duck pen in 2007. It was made in a limited number and sold out; it is no longer available from Namiki.
The #50 Emperor pen is the most prestigious of Namikiís fine series of maki-e pens, the large format giving the artist the space to produce their finest work.
The Mandarin Duck Emperor represents the highest level of maki-e art and workmanship and the pen bears the signature of the artist, Katsuhiku Urade in red indicating that this is his highest level of workmanship. The pen is included in Fountain Pens of Japan (pages 285 and 286), the definitive work on Japanese pens by Andreas Lambrou and Masamichi Sunami.
The oshidori, mandarin duck, is the emblem in Japan of the ideal couple, perfectly matched and happily married for ever. The two ducks are shown peacefully amidst lily pads and bamboo shoots on the barrel under the autumn red maple foliage of the cap. Gold flecks and abalone raden is used to highlight the flowers and foliage.
The pen is 17.3cm (6 ĺ inches closed) and 15.5cm (6 1/8 inches uncapped).
The Emperor pens are filled with ink using the eye dropper included with the pen. The pen has the large Namiki Emperor nib, an F/M (fine-medium) point, engraved with the image of Mount Fuji and the Namiki pentagon, indicating that the nib is of their highest quality.
The pen comes in a softwood presentation box with Namiki ink and eye-dropper and the artist's signed certificate.
The list price of the pen in 2007 was $10,500 =£7895).
Condition: mint, never inked, complete with all the boxes and documents.
Price: $6650 (£4995, Ä5595) including worldwide shipping.
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