The Classic Pens LS Collection was a collaboration between Andreas Lambrou and Massa Sunami, begun in 2000 to design and make maki-e pens in collaboration with the Parker Duofold. The LS8 Iruka (Dolphins) was launched in 2004 in an edition of just 15 pens. This pen is 00/15, the artist proof pen. It has a Parker Duofold broad italic #95 nib.
The LS8 Iruka Duofold is shown in “The Parker Duofold” by Shepherd and Zazove and in Lambrou & Sunami’s “Fountain Pens of Japan”.
From the Classic Pens Website:
The LS8 Iruka (Dolphins) was launched in 2004. It is a three dimensional high relief composition in shades of blue background to represent the Ocean and shades of textured gold for the dolphins. Pearl inlay brings out the sparking eyes of the playful dolphins. The consummately executed design displays incredible detail of the high relief dolphins and blue shades of the sun blessed Ocean. The Dolphin composition, to our knowledge, is novel for fountain pens.
The Maki-E artist is Shogetsu Mitani. He is famous for his work on various Japanese objects including tea containers. Some of his creations have been purchased by the Japanese government to be used for ceremonial occasions.
The Maki-E techniques on the Iruka composition are Togidashi, Taka (raised) and Raden (pearl inlay)
All LS designs carry the Red Seal signature of the creating artist. The Iruka, bears the prestigious Red Seal signature of the artist Shogetsu Mitani. He also paints the individual limited edition number of the pen on the barrel end.
The LS8 Iruka is completely handcrafted with natural precious materials. All pieces in the series conform to the same poetic theme, but each differs just enough from the others to be truly a distinctive work of Art.
A certificate of authenticity signed by the artist, Masa Sunami and Andreas Lambrou accompanies each pen.
The pens are housed in hand made gift boxes along with a 32 page brochure which has full details and color photos of all 12 designs in the LS collection.
For more information on the Classic Pens website: http://classicpensinc.com/LS/LS8.htm
CONDITION: as new and complete with case, box and documents. I purchased the pen from Classic Pens and have only used it two or three times.
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